Crime rate decreases in first quarter of financial year

07 Aug 2019 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – A reduction in the Namibian crime rate was recorded over the first quarter of the current financial year, compared to the last quarter of the 2018/2019 financial year.
This is revealed in a report issued by Namibian Police Force spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi.
The report shows that in the last quarter of 2018/2019, a total 24 872 crimes were reported in the country, while 23 693 crimes were reported in the first quarter of 2019/2020, translating into a decrease of 1 179.
During the two periods under review, the Khomas Region topped the list for crimes recorded, followed by Oshana, Otjozondjupa, Erongo, Hardap and //Kharas, while Kavango West is at the bottom of the list.
Although the country has recorded a reduction in crimes, regions such as Oshana, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Kunene and Kavango West recorded slight increases in the number of crimes reported.
The report further shows that when Operation Hornkranz ended in February, the crime rate rose from 8 039 to 8 787 in March across the country, but then decreased to 8 186 in April after Operation Kalahari Desert’s first phase.
“From the statistics, it is clear that during such operations there is always significant decline in the crime rate,” Kanguatjivi said.