Chart Of The Week: Murders By Type


The chart above appeared in our blog post:  2012: A Graphical Look At The Year In Crime Fighting which has additional details like murder rate by parish, type of instrument used etc.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force data, overall murders have been falling since 2009.  Note though that between 2011 and 2012 there is a very slight difference.

What is really interesting is the type of murders over this time period:

  • In 2009, the largest number of murders were ‘gang-related’.  There was a significant drop in 2010 but has been steadily increasing since then coming close to 2009 levels in 2012.
  • In 2009, the second largest number of murders were ‘criminal – not gang‘.  Those have steadily declined and are now about a third of 2009 levels.
  • ‘Mob killings’ moved from 0 in 2009 up to 22 in 2012. The smallest proportion of types of murder but steadily increasing.
  • ‘Domestic’ murders increased between 2010 and 2011 but have remained flat at the 2012 level.  Higher, but not necessarily rising.

What do you think the trend will look like in 2013? Less ‘criminal’ and more ‘gang-related’ murders? ‘Domestic’ murders rising or falling? Will ‘mob killings’ be a higher proportion of murders? Comment below.