By Hileni Nembwaya
CHINESE nationals still remain prone to robbery, due to the fact that they always keep large amounts of money at their business premises, instead of banking the cash.
This was revealed by Oshikoto Regional Governor, Henock Kankoshi, who gave a rundown of recent crime statistics in the region, including those for rape, domestic violence and stock theft.
Domestic violence continues unabated in the region, with police records revealing that 24 cases had been reported so far this year.
Cases of rape are rife in the region, with about 72 cases reported in 2016 and 18 so far this year.
In 2015/16 a total of 265 cases, across all crime categories were reported in Oshikoto, while in 2016/2017 these were reduced to 104 cases.
Last year, Oshikoto police recorded 10 murder cases, and so far three murders have taken place in the region this year.
In terms of stock theft, 72 cases were reported in 2016, and so far this year, only 36 such cases have been recorded.
Kankoshi said that awareness campaigns are ongoing in the region to educate communities about crime prevention measures, while schoolchildren are also being educated about the dangers of alcohol abuse, peer pressures and crime.
He said that the lack of recreational facilities and job opportunities are a breeding ground for crime, because most of the young people in the region are unemployed, school dropouts or are graduates with no jobs.
“They consume alcohol, which leads to them committing crimes, mostly at cuca shops, which sometimes leads to fatal results.
“The law enforcement in the region is also faced with challenges, such as a vast policing area and difficult operational terrain, coupled with unsuitable vehicles,” noted Kankoshi.
He, however, said that the crime situation in the region is manageable, and the crime rate has dropped drastically.
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