13 Sep 2017 16:00pm
OSHIKUKU, 13 SEP (NAMPA) Residents of Oshikuku in the Omusati Region have expressed concern over increased housebreaking cases at the town since the beginning of the year.
The residents made their concerns known at a meeting held at Oshikuku Town in the Omusati Region on Tuesday.
The Oshikuku Town Council convened the meeting to consult residents on issues related to crime at the town.
Speaking to the media shortly after the meeting, the mayor of the town, Mbokoma Mungandjera revealed that 45 housebreaking cases were reported at Oshikuku since January this year.
Although only a few residents attended the meeting, those who spoke during the gathering appealed to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at the local station to take drastic action and ensure that culprits are brought to book.
The towns extensions one and two have been identified as severely-affected areas, while housebreaking incidences are described as slight at Extension Four and Oshikuku proper.
These are the towns new extensions, where construction of new houses are ongoing.
Some residents believe people who are employed as builders from elsewhere, are collaborating with certain housekeepers to break into houses and steal properties.
This is happening mostly as from the morning when the house owners are at work, especially those who leave nobody at home, one of the residents told the meeting.
Mungandjera suggested house owners financially support voluntary organisations such as the Women and Men Network against Crime, to strengthen them to fight crime at the town.
With a contribution of N.dollars 50 per household each month, we can make a difference, Mungandjera suggested.
Warrant Officer Simson Shivolo from the Oshikuku NamPol Station urged the residents to ensure that police officials are notified of any suspected crime without delay for them to immediately investigate and apprehend culprits.