Crime rate up in Kunene

27 Apr 2017 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 APR (NAMPA) – The crime rate in Kunene increased in March compared to the first two months of the year.
In January 127 crimes were reported and in February 116 crimes were reported while in March, 156 crimes were reported.
The three towns with the highest number of crime reported in the region were Opuwo, Khorixas and Kamanjab.
The Namibian Police Force’s Crime Investigations Coordinator for Kunene, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Nampa in a telephonic interview Thursday the increase can be attributed to operations carried out by the police in March.
“We had a number of operations during which some crimes which were going undetected, were exposed,” Kanyetu said.
He told this news agency people who contravened the Liquor Act by selling alcohol without a licence and those who sold alcohol after the allowed time contributed to the increase.
There was also a rise in housebreakings in March.
Topping the region’s crimes was assault, with 68 cases reported, followed by 63 cases of housebreaking; 38 cases of stock theft; 27 thefts and 20 cases involving drugs.
Some police stations reported less than five crimes for the month. These were the police stations at Orupembe, Ehomba, Kamdecha and Bergsig.
This was thought to be because of the involvement of traditional authorities in dealing with those committing crime in these villages, as well as the population density as most people have moved due to the drought.
“There are less people living in these villages therefore not much is happening there in terms of crime,” Kanyetu said.
He said he is optimistic that the region will see crimes decrease as the police carry out more operations.