It is no secret that Jamaica’s murder rate has been spiraling out of control but the problem becomes even more visible when the homicide rate on the small island is compared to the homicide rate of New York City, one of the largest cities in the entire world.
The disparity in the murder rate between Jamaica and New York City for 2019 is alarming.
New York City with a population of 8.6 million people, recorded 311 murders in 2019. Jamaica on the other hand with a population of only 2.9 million people recorded over 1300 murders for 2019.
Based on the numbers above New York City has a murder rate of 3.6 per 100,000 while Jamaica stands at an alarming 45 per 100,000.
Maybe Jamaica’s leadership should reach out to New York City to learn and employ some of the crime fighting techniques that they are using to combat crime in the city.
Jamaica is also way ahead of other large cities in the United States when it comes to murders per 100,000.
Philadelphia, which has about 1.6 million residents, had 351 homicides as of Friday, for a rate of about 22 per 100,000 while Chicago, with about 2.7 million residents, has so far recorded 482 killings this year, for a rate of about 17.8 per 100,000.
The prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, main method of fighting crimes on the island is calling on all Jamaicans for the renewal of personal faith in God.
“Jesus’ story is one of family; of Joseph and Mary regardless of their own struggles and poverty, sticking together and caring for one another. So against the backdrop of our own personal struggles and worries about paying our mortgage, our personal safety with the high levels of violence in our society, the stress brought on by traffic and indiscipline on our roads, or the threat of disease and illness, let us take some time this season to reflect on the hope that Jesus’ birth has given to the world,” Holness said.