Operation Hornkranz weeds out crime in Omaheke

09 Jan 2019 15:40pm
GOBABIS, 09 JAN (NAMPA) – Operation Hornkranz, the crime prevention initiative launched by President Hage Geingob before Christmas in December 2018, has managed to significantly reduce crime in the Omaheke Region.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Deputy Commissioner Marcellus Maritshane said this in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday.
The operation saw members of the Namibian Defence Force, NamPol and other law enforcement agencies collaborating on crime prevention through regular patrols of streets and neighbourhoods in major towns countrywide.
Maritshane said since the operation started, common crimes linked to the festive season such as housebreaking, traffic offenses and assaults were relatively lower during the just-ended festive period compared to the previous years.
He said the presence of the security forces, especially during the wee hours of the morning, help to deter such crimes from occurring.
The number of road accidents reported to the police during this period was also significantly reduced due to stringent traffic control measures implemented by the authorities, he added.
The random testing of drivers for alcohol at sporadic roadblocks across the region, the deputy commissioner pointed out, led to a reduction in incidences were people are driving under the influence of alcohol.
“People got the message. They feared being caught while driving under the influence, as no one want to be arrested around that time. As such, that part of our operation was a major success,” he boasted.
The deputy commissioner commended the public for the cooperation it rendered to Operation Hornkranz, which is still ongoing, acknowledging that without its involvement, the operation would have not achieved the success it has enjoyed in the region.
He encouraged members of the public to continue with their good conduct during the remainder of the operation, which ends on 15 January 2018.