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POLICE yesterday reported that despite a dip in the rate of murder and shooting, the crimes of rape and robberies trended up last year.

A total of 3,043 robberies were reported last year, an increase of 192 when compared to the 2,851 robberies committed the previous year.

Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine accounted for 1,817 of the reported robberies last year, an increase of 240 over the previous year. The 11 other parishes accounted for a total of 1,226 robberies last year, 48 less than in 2010

According to the police, 560 of the 1,817 robberies were in the St Andrew St Central Police Division, where the business hubs of Cross Roads, Half-Way-Tree and Papine are located.

The St James Division (264); St Catherine South (255); St Andrew South (253); and St Catherine North (252) round out the top five police divisions where robbers wreaked havoc.

At the same time, the police said 748 rape cases were reported last year, 48 more than the previous year.

Like robberies, most of the rape cases — 377 — occurred in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, which encompasses the Corporate Area and urban St Catherine (Portmore and Spanish Town).

A total of 371 rape cases were committed in all other parishes together.

In St James, 84 women were sexually violated — the most in a police division — while 63 rapes were reported in the St Andrew Central Police Division.

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