Crime stats for 2018/19 festive season showed increase

19 Jan 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – Despite increased crime prevention efforts over the festive season, statistics availed by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) indicate that there was in increase in crimes reported.
This was revealed by NamPol’s Deputy Inspector-General for Operations, Major General Peter Embubulu when he presented feedback on the 2018/19 festive crime-combating operations to Vice President Nangolo Mbumba on Wednesday.
The operations included the B1/B2 Road Safety Project, Operation Basadi and Operation Hornkranz.
The statistics showed that crimes such as armed robbery increased to 14 cases from six reported over the 2017/18 festive season and fraud to 63 cases from 30 cases reported in the previous year; while murder cases increased to 48 from 28.
Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm went up from 197 to 268 cases; rape from 65 to 87 cases; culpable homicide from 38 to 49 cases and possession of protected game products from eight to 10 cases.
Housebreaking and theft increased from 90 to 102 cases and attempted murder from 25 to 28 cases.
During the period under review, the only decline in criminal activity was found in the possession of, or dealing in, drugs which decreased from 117 to 78 cases.
The police indicated that some of the figures on reported crimes might have shown an increase because of “societal confidence in law enforcement because of increased visibility.”
On his part, NamPol Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga cautioned that the statistics will not deter the police from continuing with the operations on an interval basis depending on the availability of resources.
“We will continue with our operations until all criminals are cleaned from our streets,” he expressed.
In ensuring the effectiveness of the operations in the future, NamPol made several recommendations, such as that similar operations be conducted in stages throughout the year.
It also recommended that future operations be preceded by an induction programme for participants to set a concept as well as rules of engagement for the operations.
“The absence of an induction programme for the members of the Namibian Defence Force and the Namibian Correctional Services on crime combating and general law enforcement in police-led operations was a challenge,” the police noted in its recommendations. (NAMPA)
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