15 Jul 2013 04:50
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - The City Police have expressed concern about the high number of violent crimes such as murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, rape and assault committed in the capital each year.
City Police spokesperson Helena Mootseng said in a media statement over the weekend that although there seems to have been a slight reduction in violent crimes this year when compared to 2012, the figures are still too high and worrying.
A total of 2 489 cases of violent crimes were recorded in Windhoek during the period from 01 January to 07 July this year, which is a slight drop from the 2 640 cases recorded for the same period last year.
A total of about 1 436 cases of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm were recorded by the City Police between 01 January and 07 July this year, compared to a total of 1 521 cases that were reported during the same period last year.
For the period under review, the City Police recorded 36 cases of murder, compared to 30 cases during the same period last year.
Attempted murder cases were also high at 68 this year, compared to 67 cases recorded over the same period in 2012.
Robbery cases recorded this year stood at 906, compared to 979 last year, showing a slight decrease.
Cases of rape did not see any change, as the City Police recorded the same number of cases (43) over the past two years.
Mootseng said this trend of high violent crimes is alarming, as it indicates that Windhoek residents too often resort to violence as a way of resolving their domestic and personal problems.
She thus called on city residents to call on law-enforcement officers, or to seek help through other interventions when addressing domestic problems.
Mootseng also applauded Windhoek residents for their assistance, and for working hand-in-hand with the City Police and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the fight against crime.