Crime in Kunene drops by 10 per cent

18 Jan 2017 20:10pm
OPUWO, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – The number of crime cases reported to Police in the Kunene Region dropped by about 10 per cent during 2016 when compared to the two previous years.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s acting Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Natangwe Iita told Nampa on Wednesday 1 504 crimes were reported last year, compared to 1 664 in 2015 and 1 552 in 2014.
Assault tops the list of crimes committed in Kunene, with 275 cases reported last year, 265 in 2015 and 301 in 2014.
Rape is however increasing in the region with 40 cases reported last year, 22 the previous year and 27 in 2014.
Police stations such as Orupembe and Kamudesch are of those where less than 10 crimes per year were reported since 2014.
Acting Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Paavo Iiyambo attributes that to the resident density in these villages due to the recent drought situation in the region that has people flocking to urban areas in search of employment.
In the top three positions of crimes reported to Police in the region are Khorixas, Opuwo and Kamanjab for the past three years.
Khorixas continually tops the regional crime list with 405 reported in 2014; 485 in 2015; and 428 in 2016. Regional capital Opuwo is second with 384 crimes reported in 2014; 446 in 2015; and 378 last year.
Kamanjab recorded 224 crimes in 2014, 208 in 2015; and 218 last year.
Even though some types of crimes such as rape and assault are increasing or remaining at somewhat the same level in the Kunene Region, the overall recorded number of crimes has decreased, which Iita attributed to the omnipresence of Police across the region.