/Kharas records a reduction in crime

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Kharas region has recorded a decrease of 3.8 per cent in crime during the 2017/2018 financial year compared to the preceding year.

This was revealed by NamPol crime investigations coordinator for //Kharas, Deputy Commissioner ChrispinMubebo in an interview recently.

Mubebo said during the 2016/2017 financial year there were 5255 cases recorded while during the 2017/2018 financial year only 5054 cases were recorded.

This means 201 more cases were recorded in 2016/2017 compared to 2017/2018 financial year.

Mubebo pointed out that theft toped the five most prevalent crimes in the region followed by common assault, assault read with domestic violent toped three while house breaking and drugs comes in the fourth and fifth place respectively.

He said the decrease in crime was contributed by different operation under taken by the police force to combat crime within the region.

The crime coordinator said the most contributing factor to crime in unemployment among the community especially among the youth.

This young once turn to crime because they have nothing to meet their end meet and they have to steal and even rob people to have some money to buy something to eat and survive on, he added.

Mubebo went on to say that crime rate in the region was low during the time when the Neckartal dam was being constructed adding that crime has started raising with the conclusion of the construction at the dam.

The regional coordinator also pointed out that alcohol and drug abuse also contributes to the high crime rate.

Some people steal even small livestock to buy alcohol or drugs we have so much cases of such nature, he cited.

Also speaking to this news agency, a community activist said the involvement of youth in crime is a concern and is majorly contributed by the social and economic situation youth find themselves in.

The most contributing factors that attracts youth towards crime is unemployment and conformities to the capitalistic and socialism societies we live in and the survival of oneself to make ends meet, he said.

He added for one to conform to the capitalistic society one has to put something on the table and if one cannot put something on the table one have to fit in at the socialism society which also requires the same, so what it leave one with is either to resort to crime to fit in at this societies.

In modern day society one has to be economically active and to be economically active one has do it honestly or through crime, he said.

The rewards of crime is so much that one does not need any education but to fit in with affiliation to groups and gangs that has the means and equipment's that can aid you to commit crime, he added.

Source: Namibia Press Agency