GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Guyana Police Force has recorded an overall seven percent increase in serious crimes in the 2013 calendar year, compared to a similar period in 2012.
A release from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday stated that the total number of reports of serious crimes made during the year under review was 4,007 compared to 3,760 in 2012. Some of the offences monitored are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape and kidnapping.
A total of 154 murders were recorded at the end of December 2013 in comparison to 139, representing an 11 percent increase. Of this amount, 61 were of the disorderly type, 24 were committed during armed robberies, four were execution type, and 24 were domestic related, while the other 41 are thus far undetermined.
Meanwhile, there was a seven percent increase with regards to robbery under arms with 1,132 reports compared to 1,058 for the same period in 2012.
The statistics indicate an increase of 14 percent in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a four percent decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.
In relation to traffic, there has been an increase by two road fatalities at the end of last year compared to 2012 with 112 fatalities from 103 accidents. Nevertheless, there has been a reduction of damage accidents (wreckage); while serious and minor accidents saw increases of six percent and five percent respectively.
Pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 39 such persons having lost their lives at the end of 2013. Additionally, 18 motor cyclists, 13 pedal cyclists, 17 drivers of other motor vehicles, three pillion riders and 22 passengers of motor vehicles also lost their lives.
Speeding continued to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 72 of the 103 fatal accidents recorded for the period under review. Moreover, 21 of these motorists were found to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Traffic enforcement by the police during 2013 resulted in a total of 84,470 cases being made against errant motorists; of this total 22, 389 cases were for speeding.
So far for the New Year, there have already been two road deaths, compared to one for the same period last year.