Jamaica police have seized a total 705 guns so far for 2018, according to local news reports.
But the Jamaica Observer, quoting police statistics, said that the seizures so far this year are down from the 839 guns recovered in 2017.
The weapons recovered this year so far included rifles, shotguns, home-made firearms, submachine guns, pistols, and revolvers.
Pistols represented the largest number of weapons seized, with 493 seized in 2018, compared to 544 in 2017.
A total 10,839 rounds of ammunition were seized, also down from 21,593 rounds seized for the same period in 2017.
Seventy-four guns were also reported stolen in 2018, as well as 1,398 rounds of ammunition, compared to 80 and 2,314 respectively for 2017. Pistols also represented the most guns stolen — 63, compared to 64 last year.
The Periodic Crime Statistics Review for the period January 1 to December 15, 2018, and comparative years 2014-2017, also showed that the knife was the second-most popular implement of choice for robberies in 2018, and the third most popular — following the category “others” — used in murders this year.
The statistics also show a steep decline in the number of murders reported so far for the month of December 2018, when compared to last year, with the closest similar numbers only having been seen in December 2014, when 42 murders were reported that month.
According to the police, the gun is still the weapon of choice for committing violent crimes in Jamaica.
Firearms have been used in 78.9 per cent of murders and 67.8 per cent of robberies in 2018.
However, this is a decrease from its use in 81.7 per cent of murders and 67.6 per cent of robberies in 2017, and 81.3 per cent of murders and 63.8 per cent of robberies in 2016, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reported.
The statistics were published Sunday.