Tourists not keen to report crime: TAN

04 Apr 2017 07:40am
WINDHOEK, 04 APR (NAMPA) – Tourists are not keen to report crime in Namibia, the Tourist Guides’ Association of Namibia (TAN) said.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, TAN Executive Committee Chairperson, Emiliano Benolich said tourists were often discouraged by time to report crimes like pick-pocketing and theft, despite tour guides’ encouragement.
Tourists usually have in their possession valuable items like laptops, iPads, cameras and large sums of money.
Benolich further indicated that tourist-related thefts occur mostly around August and September, and then drop drastically from October to December.
City Police Spokesperson Assistant Superintendent Cillie Auala told this agency on Monday tourist-related crimes are reported to police, however, tourists are reluctant to open cases as they would not be in the country to attend court proceedings if or when criminals are caught.
She said criminals who target tourists usually follow them from the airport to accommodation establishments, and would rob them while they are on tour or shopping.
“We do encourage them to report cases so that if robbers are arrested, the police can also play a role in court by giving evidence,” she said.
TAN held its annual general meeting on Saturday to tackle amongst others, constitutional issues, tourists’ safety and issues challenging tour guides in the industry.
The association has over 150 members and has been in existence since 1994.