Just under 700 murders have been reported since the start of the year.
Police statistics show, that since the start of the year up to last weekend, 699 persons were reported killed.
This is a 15 % reduction when compared the 824 murders recorded for the corresponding period last year.
Murders were in line with all other categories of serious crime, which are also on the decline.
The statistics show that shootings fell 9 %, from 890 for the same period last year to 789; rapes were down 23 %, from 603 to 465; robberies fell by 20 % from 1,888 to 1,507, and break-ins fell 2 % from 1,758 to 1,718.
Additionally, police fatal shootings have been slashed by close to 50 %, moving from 158 in the first 9 months of last year to just 88 for the corresponding period this year.