Crime rate decreases in first quarter of financial year

Namibian crime statistics so far showed there is a reduction in crime rate in the first quarter of 2019/2020 compared to the last quarter of the 2018/2019 financial year.

This is revealed in a report issued by police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi.

The report shows that in the last quarter of 2018/2019 there were 24872 crimes reported in the whole country and 23693 were reported in first quarter of 2019/2020 making it a decrease of 1179.

During the two periods under review, Khomas region is topping the list of most crimes recorded followed by, Oshana, Othjozondjupa, 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 have slight increase in the number of crimes reported during the period under review.

The report shows the country crime record of 2018/2019 increased in the second quarter from 24096 to 25870, and then rise again to 25942 in the third quarter and it decreased to 24872 in the last quarter and then decrease again to 23696 in the first quarter of 2019/2020.

Kanguatjivi attributed the decrease of crime in the last quarter of 2018/2019 and first quarter of 2019/2020 to Operation Hornkranz and Operation Kalahari desert respectively, adding the public should appreciate the efforts being made via these operation to ensure law and order, safety and security continue prevailing in the entire country.

The report shows that when Operation Hornkranz ended in February, the crime rate rose from 8039 to 8787 in March in the entire country but then decreased to 8186 in April after Operation Kalahari Desert phase one begun.

From the statistics, it is clear that during such operations there is always significant decline in the crime rate, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency