Community policing leads to arrest

06 Sep 2013 08:20
WINDHOEK, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – The Windhoek City Police arrested a male suspect on Thursday for allegedly stealing a flat screen television from a relative's home in Windhoek’s Wanaheda residential area during broad daylight.
“Thanks to the community of Wanaheda who reported the suspicious movement of the suspect to the City Police, the suspect is now apprehended and arrested,” Senior Superintendent of the City Police, Gerry Shikesho told Nampa in an interview on Friday.
He indicated that there has been a shift in housebreaking-related crimes in Windhoek over the past two months, from Auasblick and Prosperita which represent Zones 18 and 19; to Okuryangava, the Lafrenz Industrial Area and the Northern Industrial area (or Zones 1, 2 and 8).
The City Police introduced zonal policing in 2010, amongst other things to improve the City Police’s response time and to reduce operational costs.
Shikesho said robberies now take place mostly during the day, and appealed to community members to be vigilant and to report any suspicious movements to the City Police.
“The arrest of the suspect (on Thursday) emphasised the importance of community policing,” he noted.
The suspect gained entrance to the house by means of removing corrugated iron panels between the roof and one of the walls. The City Police are however now scratching their heads about how the suspect managed to move the N.dollars 12 000 television set from the crime scene to where he was apprehended more than a kilometre away from the scene, where he attempted to conceal his loot from the police.
He also refused to divulge any information on whether he operated alone or was assisted in moving the heavy television set.
The suspect is expected to appear in court on Monday.