Crime prevention operations a success: NamPol

17 Jan 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has hailed its three operations aimed at combating crime in the country, a success.
Those operations are the B1/B2 Road Safety campaign and Operation Basadi and Hornkranz.
Presenting the outcome of the operations to Vice President Nangolo Mbumba on Wednesday, Major-General Peter Embubulu said through Operation Hornkranz, NamPol confiscated 27 firearms, three toy guns, 3 759 knives, 1 320 pangas, 516 screwdrivers and knobkieries.
Counterfeit goods seized were 3 056 packets of cigarettes worth N.dollars 37 700; 1 151 units of cosmetics valued at N.dollars 72 409 and 973 sachets of whiskey valued at N.dollars 17 920.
The operation also managed to confiscate illicit drugs worth N.dollars 5.7 million, and arrested 127 Namibian nationals, six Zambians and one South African national, in the process.
It also recovered stolen goods such as vehicles, livestock, household properties, cash, cellphones and copper wire valued at a combined N.dollars 723 279.
Operation Hornkranz was aimed at ensuring overall effectiveness in the maintenance of law and order, targeting crime-prone areas in the capital city and elsewhere in the country over the festive season.
Operation Basadi took place from 28 November to 02 December and was aimed at combating gender-based violence (GBV) countrywide.
Through this operation, NamPol made 84 arrests – seven for rape; 12 for assault with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm; three for domestic violence; two for crimen injuria and common assault and 12 cases of assault by threatening.
Other cases include one for possession of a firearm without a licence; one attempted rape, and 34 warrant of arrest and 12 for maintenance.
NamPol has so far through Operation B1/B2 Road Safety, which started August 2018 and ends July this year, screened 91 200 drivers and made 379 arrests for drunk and driving, while 8 999 summonses were issued in the process.
The police are expected to make around N.dollars 9.3 million through admission of guilt fines that were issued.
In terms of accidents, the 2018/19 festive season recorded fewer accidents when compared to those of 2017/18, from 509 crashes which resulted in 945 injuries and 122 fatalities to430 crashes, 779 injuries and 82 fatalities, respectively.