The murder toll in this country has now reached 300 as opposed to 267 for the corresponding period last year.
The latest statistics were provided by Public Information Officer ASP Michael Pierre.
The murder toll reached the 300 mark, with the murder of 24-year-old Jaleel Stevenson.
Reports indicate that Stevenson was gunned down at a car wash in Mt. Hope on Sunday.
In 2017, the murder toll stood at 494. Experts have said the murder toll can reach 500 in 2018.
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon last Wednesday announced that security will be stepped up at the nation’s malls and other popular hangouts over the July/August vacation.
Dillon said the security agencies think it is important to step up their presence in those areas as a deterrent citing the recent shooting on the Chaguaramas Boardwalk which left three people dead as proof that such an initiative is needed.