04 Jan 2019 17:10pm
WALVIS BAY, 04 JAN (NAMPA) The recently launched Operation Hornkranz has assisted immensely in reducing crime and violence in the Erongo Region during the festive season, the regional police chief said.
The anti-crime operation was launched officially on 21 December 2018 by President Hage Geingob, with the aim of minimising incidences of crime during the festive season.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Erongo Regional Commander, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu told a media briefing here on Friday that the police, assisted by members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and Correctional Services, have managed to confiscate a large number of weapons which could have been used to harm people on the streets.
These ranged from guns, Okapi knives, pangas, scissors and screwdrivers.
A few people were charged for carrying weapons in public, because you cannot just go around intimidating people on the streets with weapons, he said.
Apart from the number of weapons and a few drugs confiscated from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Karibib between 24 December 2018 and 03 January 2019, the commissioner noted that the festive season was a quiet one in terms of violence and crime.
The regional police chief further announced that up to date, 181 road accidents have been reported in the region during the festive season, with five fatalities recorded.
Additionally, there have been reports of two murders, two drownings, four suicides and 51 cases of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Nelumbu further stated that the presence of security and police forces will be intensified during the last stretch of the festive season leading to 15 January 2019, with more members of the forces set to be deployed to the different towns in the region.
We are still hoping for a smooth and calm ending to the festive season. We just hope that people will adhere to laws and regulations, as well as the rules of the road in order to avoid any more fatalities during the season, he said.