Although the murder toll for 2019 is lower than last year’s figure, Criminologist Darius Figuera is concerned as he has noticed several alarming trends, including ‘mass shootings’.
The toll for 2019, up to press time yesterday, stood at 281.
The comparative for the same period was 302.
And while this represents an estimated six percent decrease in homicides, this figure does not impress the criminologist.
“As it stands right now, we are still looking at a murder toll which would be in the 500 category,” Figuera said.
Statistically, there have been 281 murders over 196 days, which gives a daily average of 1.44 homicides.
If this rate continues unabated, by the end of 2019 there can over 520 murders.
At the close of 2018, there were 516 recorded murders – the second highest annual total in this country’s history.
Figuera told The Express that while he did not expect the figure to cross 2018’s figure, he expected it to be close.