By: Matthews Mfune.
Information disclosed to The Malawi Star indicates that Mzuzu police has registered a 7% fewer cases during the first quarter of 2016.
According to Mzuzu police Public relations Officer Sergeant Martin Bwanali, 522 cases in crime and traffic accidents have been recorded which represents a 7 % reduction compared to 563 cases which were recorded last year during the same period.
Bwanali said cases of sexual offences such as rape, defilement and indecent assaults has decreased from 30 cases in 2015 to 21 cases in 2016 during the same period.
“We have a reduction in sexual offences from 30 to 21 which represents a 43 percent decrease and most of the perpetrators of these offences were male and a next of kin to the victims such as grandfathers, stepfathers and uncles and at times neighbours and male domestic servants.
The victims were mostly younger than their perpetrators except for rape cases where it was vice versa “. Bwanali said.
Meanwhile, traffic cases have remained static as 46 accidents were recorded which is similar to last year during the same period.
He also asked communities to join hands with the Police in renewing the commitment to prevent and reduce crimes in different localities.
“As a police, we realize that the battle against crime cannot be won by the police alone. We need community involvement and help.
It is very important not only because criminals live within the community and that they are known by the community itself but also because property stolen by the criminals is sold in the community.” Bwanali said.
He also said Police on its part, shall not relent in executing its noble Constitutional mandate of enforcing the law to make sure they have a safe and secure society where rights for all people prevail.