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It can't be business as usual, says Chamber of Commerce as crime figures climb

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 2:45 PM

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) says it can’t be business as usual with the island recording 1,562 murders so far this year.

Official figures show that as of yesterday, there were 270 more murders than the amount recorded for the same period last year.

St James in western Jamaica leads with 317 murders since January 1, followed by Clarendon with 166, St Andrew at 153 and Westmoreland with 141.

JCC president Laurence Watson says there is an urgent need to address the crime situation.

He is calling for decisive action to bring the situation under control, saying that it’s time for the country to see the results of anti-crime strategies.

Watson says the recent decision to consult with previous police commanders in St James and other parts of western Jamaica was a good one, adding that it was crucial to bringing the situation in that part of the country under control.