"...It's quite difficult to convey the degree to which crime dominates life for many on an island home to fewer than three million people, of whom roughly 1,500 are murdered each year, making it one of the most murderous nations on the planet. So prolific are the killings that one newspaper's fortnightly crime round-up subdivides them into categories: chopped to death, burned to death, poisoned and so on. There is also a category for all those shot by the police, and by the early 2000s the figure was averaging three a week.
The history of corrupt and incompetent policing has been a national tragedy for Jamaicans, but they aren't the only ones. What happens in Kingston will usually find its way on to the streets of Miami, Toronto, New York and London...."