12 Aug 2013 13:10
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) The City Police have indicated that violent crimes showed a slight increase in Windhoek over the weekend as several shootings and stabbings were reported.
City Police spokesperson, Superintendent Helena Mootseng told Nampa on Monday two shooting incidents were reported from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.
In the first shooting incident, a man was shot in the arm by a taxi driver who attempted to defend himself after the suspect tried to rob him of his valuables in Katutura on Friday evening.
In the second incident, an off duty police officer fatally shot the 22-year-old Joel Martin during an argument in the Shandumbala residential area on Saturday afternoon.
Also in Shandumbala, a case involving a young man stabbing his girlfriend late on Saturday afternoon was reported. The suspect was apprehended by the City Police shortly after the incident.
Mootseng indicated that in general, the violence could be attributed to the easy availability of alcohol.
Although incidences of housebreaking were in general quite few, there was an increase in certain residential areas in the capital. She however did not indicate which areas were affected. The housebreaking could be contributed to factors such as minimum security by home owners. The home owners must make sure their security systems are in working condition and operational, Mootseng stated.
In a separate incident, two suspects in possession of card cloning devices and cloning machines were arrested by members of the City Police and Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Friday night.
When Nampa asked the City Police spokesperson what advice she had for people making use of credit cards and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards, she said when people are in a business establishment and they want to pay using their card, they should make sure they witness the transaction being made by an attendant at a pay point.
The transaction should be done in front of you, as employees of outlets could be part of the cloning syndicates. Also when making use of an ATM, make sure the machine is visible and ensure at all times that there is movement as criminals tend to avoid such ATMs, she noted.