Crime in Jamaica: Police imposes curfew in sections of Zimbabwe, Mexico and Angola communities

The police authorities have imposed a 48-hour curfew in sections of Zimbabwe, Mexico and Angola communities in the Kingston Western Division on November 29, 2021, amid the increase in murders and crime rate. 

Kingston, Jamaica: The police authorities have imposed a 48-hour curfew in sections of Zimbabwe, Mexico and Angola communities in the Kingston Western Division on November 29, 2021, amid the increase in murders and crime rate. 

This curfew came into effect on Monday at around 6 pm. 

The curfew will be bound to the following regions: 

  • North: Along 10th Street from the intersection with Greenwich Street onto 9th Street to the intersection with Collie Smith Drive;
  • East: Along Collie Smith Drive from the intersection with 9th Street to the intersection with 7th Street; 
  • South: Along 7th Street from the intersection with Collie Smith Drive to the Trench Town Primary School perimeter wall;
  • West: Along an imaginary line from the Trench Town Primary School perimeter wall to the intersection with Greenwich Street and 10th Street.

The police authorities cited that, “All the individuals during the time period of the curfew are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by the ground commander”. 

Earlier, seeing the increasing crime rate in the country, Prime Minister Andree Holness imposed a curfew in a few sections, giving the right to the police authorities to take whatever stringent steps or actions they can with the aim to decrease the rising crime in the country. 

There is a steady increase in such shooting and murder cases on the island from the past few weeks, for which the Jamaican government a few days back announced a state of emergency in the regions of Western Parishes and sections of the Corporate Area which came into effect from Sunday. 

The increasing crime rate has engraved fear among the general public. The government is hopeful that a state of emergency will stop the rising crimes across the Caribbean island, which is now becoming a threat to the tourism sector too.