Published: Aug 19, 2011 5:55 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Police in Guyana say record world prices for gold are triggering killings, robberies and other crimes across the resource-rich South American country.
    
Police Chief Henry Greene said Friday that the 26 killings that occurred this year in gold mines near the border with Venezuela and Brazil are all linked to surging gold prices.
    
The most recent slayings occurred Thursday. Police said a miner was shot to death while his son was beaten and buried alive with the help of an excavator.
    
Officers have begun to patrol jungles in all-terrain vehicles, set up checkpoints near gold mines and build new police stations, mostly in the western interior.
    
The price of gold hit a new record high of nearly $1,830 an ounce Thursday.

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