Pedestrian accidents a concern to City Police

10 Sep 2016 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – The City Police has called on parents to be on the lookout for their children, to avoid them being ran over by vehicles.
In a media statement issued on Friday, City Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Acting Superintendent Hileni Wilhelm said accidents involving minors are on the increase.
“Ongoing pedestrian accidents especially involving minors remain a huge concern, parents and legal guardians are advised to monitor the movements of little children and their whereabouts at all times,” he noted.
A girl, estimated to be between five and six years old was hit and killed by a vehicle between Claudius Kandovazu and Hawaii Street in Katutura. The next of kin was informed.
In another incident, two pedestrians; Namuke Gottlieb and Iipinge Tobias were slightly injured when they were hit by a car while attempting to cross Zambia Street in Katutura on the same day.
Meanwhile, the City Police has issued a stern warning to members of the public who take the law in their own hands during accidents involving pedestrians.
At the accident scene in Zambia Street, members of the public allegedly physically assaulted the driver of the vehicle after the accident.
The number of house break-ins reported to the City Police also remains a big concern, according to the statement.
Windhoek residents are called upon to replace worn-out locks and to keep doors, gates and windows locked whenever possible. Property owners and care takers should take note that criminals have now resorted to pointing firearms to get whatever is of value, the statement noted.
In one incident, the police opened a theft case after three suspects cut the chain of the door at Shetungeni market with a machete to gain entrance on Tuesday. The men allegedly pointed a firearm at the owner of the tuckshop, who woke up after he heard some noises. No arrest was made.
On Thursday, a group of men broke into a Cuca shop in Romaine Street in Katutura on Wednesday. One of the culprits was apprehended with the help of the community.
On the same day behind Namib Mills in the Northern Industrial area, three men were robbed at knife point by three other men who volunteered to assist in pushing their vehicle which was stuck on the road.
The three suspects run into nearby bushes and the victims were advised to go open a case with the police.
“The Windhoek City Police expresses concern on members of the public who fail to open cases against offenders as this defies the purpose of crime prevention and prevention of bad behaviours,” added the statement.