Jamaica Crime News: Fewer Jamaicans have been murdered so far in 2018 when compared to 2017.
The latest crime statistics show that 706 persons have been murdered as at July 14.
Last year at the same time 813 persons had been murdered.
The drop represents a 13.2 percent decline.
All other major crimes are down. Shootings, rape and aggravated assault are down by 12, 20 and 22 percent respectively.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness while addressing parliament this week said the measures, namely the States of Emergency and Zones of Operations in Montego Bay, St Catherine North and Western Kingston were having a positive effect.
He pointed out that St James alone had seen a 67 percent drop in murders compared to 2017.
He praised crime fighters and pledged to continue providing support.