Governor calls on Police to beef up security in //Karas Region

20 Nov 2013 19:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 20 NOV (NAMPA) - //Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi on Wednesday called on the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to strengthen security and reduce crime in the southern region.
Swartbooi made this request as he spoke at the official opening of the two-day //Karas’ police station and unit commanders conference here.
The governor said regular patrols in towns and settlements, thorough search and constant monitoring of vehicles passing through all the borders should be strengthened.
His call is prompted by the recent murders of three men, allegedly by four juveniles from J.A Nel Secondary School over the past two months.
Another case is that of a six-year-old boy, who was allegedly strangled to death by a 29-year-old man last month, following an argument between the man and the boy’s mother.
“The fact that learners who are staying in the hostel are suspected to be murderers is very shocking to this region and society. This evokes questions about the type of society they are raised in. Hence the need for us to enhance security to protect all our people,” Swartbooi said.
He quickly pointed out that although he acknowledges that the police are working 24 hours around the clock to protect lives, they still need to do more now that the economy of the region is growing and more people are coming in for employment and education.
He said crimes such as murder, robbery, violence against women and children as well as assault are likely to increase with the population of the region in coming years.
The governor said the people who will be working at Neckertal Dam, coming to study at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) southern campus, or those who will be employed to tar the Aussenkehr-Rosh Pinah gravel road will require the police’s protection.
“Crimes such as human trafficking and prostitution, which are not common in this region, might start to occur frequently as the region grows. Hence the need to enforce security in our towns and at the border posts,” he said.
On his part, //Karas’ NamPol Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute assured the governor that his team of police officers will continue to fight crime intensely in the region.
“The Namibian police have a responsibility to prevent crimes, maintain public order, protect and secure the inhabitants of //Karas and their properties as well as to uphold and enforce the law,” said Shivute.
He said the police will create a safe and secure environment for all the people in the region by preventing anything that threatens their safety.
The commander stated that the police will continue to make sure that criminals are brought to book, and that they are tried and punished when found guilty.
Shivute further indicated that the police here will strengthen their relationship with the community, as it is vital for the proper combating of crime.
He advised members of the community to once again work closely with law enforcements agencies to fight crime.
“There are members of the community who refuse to help the police in arresting suspects, but we are thankful to those who are willing to help,” Shivute remarked.
The conference will discuss the way forward on how to combat crime during this coming festive season and beyond.