Community policing contributes to //Karas crime reduction

06 Oct 2013 04:40
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 OCT (NAMPA) - The involvement of the community in the fight against crime in the //Karas Region has been noted as one of the contributing factors to the region’s current low crime rate.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Warrant Officer Abraham Goagoseb of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) who coordinates community policing in the region said crimes such as domestic violence, drugs, and theft have been steadily decreasing since last year.
He attributed the success to community policing programmes such as the Women and Men Network against Crime, Youth against Crime, the NamPol Public Relations Committee and police reservists.
“We are successful in arresting offenders simply because of public participation in fighting crimes in this region. Members of the community policing initiatives and ordinary members of the public inform the police about crime on a daily basis, that’s why our crime rate is very low,” he said.
He indicated that the regional Youth against Crime initiative has 19 members in Snyfontein, 24 in Kainachas village and 34 in Keetmanshoop.
The biggest group in the region is the Women and Men Network against Crime, which has 64 members in Aussenkehr, 30 in Lüderitz, 60 in Oranjemund, 20 in Keetmanshoop and 30 in Rosh Pinah.
Goagoseb said the public relations committee is only operational in Bethanie where they have 22 members.
“There are 21 police reservists in the whole region. I would like to request members of the community to join these initiatives as it is the only way to combat crime in their areas. This is not only for //Karas, but for the whole country,” the warrant officer stated.