Police appeal for public help in fighting crime

12 Aug 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Khomas Region has urged parents and the larger community of the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency to work together in combating crime in the area.
This was the appeal by Chief Inspector Joshua Shikongo, Station Commander of the Wanaheda Police Station in a message delivered on his behalf during a community meeting in the constituency on Saturday.
He said parents should talk to their children and educate them about the dangers of alcohol and crime, as crime does not pay.
Shikongo raised concern that parents, instead of directing the young ones in the right direction, often protect and defend them for their wrongdoings.
“Let’s work together to combat crime,” he emphasised.
Shikongo cited the example of Ongava Street in Okuryangava where the youth are notorious for sitting along the road during the night and robbing people of their belongings.
He said the police patrol the streets in the area, but the problem is their cars are easily identified, which makes it difficult to catch robbers.
“The moment the patrolling vehicles are spotted, these guys run into their houses,” the police officer said.
His call came as a result of the constituency’s Councillor, Christopher Likuwa pointing out that crime and alcohol abuse were on the rise in the constituency.
Likuwa urged NamPol to work closely with the Women and Men Network Against Crime in the constituency.
Likuwa also supported Shikongo’s call to parents and the wider community to work together to fight crime in the constituency.
The police operating in the area should come to the constituency office and conduct meetings with the crime fighting volunteers to see how they can complement each other, said Likuwa.