THE advent f the Festive Season has seen a marked increase in the number of burglaries and armed robberies at peoples’ homes.
Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, commander of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division, said robbers are observing house owners every move they make. He added that criminals have become very bold and has escalated their ways where they now enter people’s houses and robbing them at gunpoint.
Kanguatjivi added that criminals have become smart by also observing the crime combating teams participating in Operation Kalahari Desert police. He said the criminals know exactly where the teams are operating and they simply avoid those areas when committing their crimes.
“Housebreakings have been on the rise throughout the city. Burglaries and robberies forms the largest part of the cases reported. It is not limited to specific residential areas. It happens all over the city and it is mainly because residents leave their homes unattended,” Kanguatjivi said.
He said the Namibian Police is concerned with the regularity with which housebreaking incidents are committed in Windhoek.
“It is against this background that we are strongly urging all homeowners to have someone at home when they travel for an extended period. Alternatively, homeowners can call the Police or the City Police offices to arrange for regular patrols in their area for the time they are away from home,” said Kanguatjivi.
Deputy Commissioner Kanguatjivi said the end of the year is the peak time for robbers because of the need for cash to get through the Festive Season.