VIOLENT crime and theft are crimes that are on the increase in the Khomas Region while a significant reduction of traffic related deaths have been recorded when compared to the previous financial year.
According to the Khomas Regional Governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua who revealed the figures said that the police recorded 750 more cases of violent crime since the beginning of the current financial year. She added that theft increased by 4.65 percent and that this number is influenced by an increased number of burglaries at both dwellings and businesses as well as theft of motor vehicles.
The governor said the use of technology will become increasingly crucial in augmenting existing policing efforts to reduce crime in specific hotspots
“Public Safety and Security is about keeping the community safe, improving the sense of personal safety in public spaces, as well as changing the perception that Windhoek is becoming a crime-prone environment,” said McLeod-Katjirua.
She further noted that hot spots of violent crime were identified and responsive operations were conducted, murder and attempted murder have increased due to a mushrooming liquor outlets and long operating hours. She said some cases of murder and attempted murder is committed in the areas where there is insufficient lighting while an increase in cases of domestic violence also had an influence on violent crime rates.
The rate at which motor vehicle accidents and other traffic related incidents occurred, decreased by 14 percent.
“This sounds like good news, but it is due to increased public awareness, the expansion of speed calming measures and intensified law enforcement efforts.
McLeod-Katjirua said that most of the traffic related fatalities were caused by a lack of pedestrian infrastructure. She added that alcohol remains a significant factor in motor vehicle accidents and said the rate went up by 38.6%, or 146 cases over the period under review.
The governor beseeched residents of the Khomas Region to refrain from drinking alcohol and driving afterwards.