Otjiwarongo residents call for more police patrols

17 Jan 2019 19:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 17 JAN (NAMPA) - Residents of Otjiwarongo are calling for continued street patrols by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Orwetoveni, DRC and the Ombili informal settlements to curb robberies.
The residents were reacting Thursday after the police here announced the conclusion of Operation Hornkranz and their annual general festive season street patrols at the town.
The local police’s festive season operation started in November last year and ended this week, while Operation Hornkranz started in December and also ended this week.
Operation Hornkranz 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.
A resident of the DRC informal settlement at Otjiwarongo, Salmon Tjipumbu on Thursday told Nampa the two operations had brought law and order as noise from the shebeens were minimal.
“We slept with our windows wide open because it was safe in my suburb during the festive season. Police vehicles drove by every few minutes,” said Tjipumbu.
He asked why NamPol stopped the operations as he feels this creates space for criminal activities to start.
Jeremiah Paulus from Ombili also expressed satisfaction with the police operations during the festive season, saying all Government efforts aimed at combatting crimes need to be supported by community members.
“Now we know that a crime-free Namibia is possible with intensified police patrols,” he said.
Erastus Kashindi of Orwetoveni said the operations were very effective because there were not many robberies in Orwetoveni, where they normally occur regularly.
“Alcohol abuse and drunk driving were also restricted,” Kashindi said.
Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze on Thursday said the two operations ran concurrently.
He said that Operation Hornkranz was an initiative of President Hage Geingob, who ordered that it should have a specific timeframe.
“We had few crimes with a lot of successes during the festive season by arresting drug dealers and drunk driving motorists.”
Tjiveze said from late November 2017 to mid-January 2018, about 19 cases of housebreaking were reported to the police, whilst during the same period in 2018 to 2019 only 15 cases were reported in the whole region.
Tjiveze said no cases of robbery were reported at all from November 2018 to 16 January 2019.
He thanked community members for their cooperation.