10 Jul 2013 10:30
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) ? Between three and four murders are committed in Rehoboth on a monthly basis, a pilot study conducted by the Community and Local Authority Based-Violence Prevention Project shows.
The study found that Rehoboth, which is situated 85 kilometres south of Windhoek, is one of the towns with the highest violent crime rates in the country.
Assaults and robberies are also common crimes in that town on a monthly basis.
The study was launched here on Wednesday by theChief Executive Officer of the Namibian Association of Local Authorities? Officers (Nalao) Nate Areseb, who said intervention should be based on accurate data and knowledge about the driving forces, at-risk groups and risky behaviour.
Substance abuse is reportedly also commonplace, and viewed as one of the major challenges facing the community by both the Namibian Police Force and community members themselves.
The town, which comprises a combination of formal and informal housing, is relatively well-resourced in terms of services and amenities, and particularly in terms of access to police and criminal justice services.
The study also focused on Okahandja Park, an informal settlement on the north-western outskirts of Windhoek, where it was found that robberies constitute 26.2 per cent of crimes, while assaults are at 23 .8 per cent.
The area is also reported to have high levels of firearms and other weapons in the community, while the provision of basic services is almost non-existent, as 96 per cent of residents collect water from communal taps and pumps.
Unemployment levels for this area are also higher than average, with one in three adults being unemployed.
Meanwhile, in the northern border town of Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region, assault is the most common crime committed, and stood at 38 per cent, with robberies at 14 per cent.
The study explained that perhaps due to its strategic location on the border with Angola, it experiences phenomenal growth on account of cross-border business activities.
It is partly also the reason why the survey was done to add to the already-existing understanding of how people perceive safety.