… As cars, homes are burgled with impunity
By Confidente Reporter
City Police crime statistics show that between 10 and 16 July, 27 cases of housebreaking were reported.
During the same period, 89 cases of theft were reported in the Wernhil Park shopping centre, inside shops, at the taxi rank and in the vicinity of the mall.
A further 13 cases of theft out of motor vehicles were reported at Wernhil Park.
Statistics also show that 11 cases of theft out of motor vehicles were reported in the Shoprite parking areas in Independence and Werner List streets.
According to the City Police, the thugs gained entry to the vehicles after smashing windows. They stole items such as laptops, handbags, cellphones and cash.
Recently, City Police Chief, Abraham Kanime, urged residents to be careful when they use ATMs, as criminal were well-organised and were targeting people after they draw cash.
He also said that residents should make sure that their vehicle doors are locked, when they use remote control keys, because the signal could be jammed by criminals.
Kanime added that all valuables should be hidden in the car or removed, because they could attract criminals.
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) City of Windhoek councillor, Brunhilde Cornelius, called for the strengthening City Police, saying it lacks the manpower, equipment and vehicles to execute its duties.
She raised this in a motion read on her behalf by fellow councillor Joseph Kauandenge, at recent a recent council meeting.
Cornelius said that in order to maintain safe city suburbs, where the residents are protected, the City Police needs to be fully equipped, functional and materially empowered.
The councillor said she had been informed that City Police’s human resources department has cut many positions, due to budgetary constraints, and that the municipality can only appoint 24 employees, across all departments of the City Police.
She also said that road safety within the boundaries of the City has to be monitored on a daily basis.
“Violent crime and property crime have to be eliminated or reduced to zero. The immense shortage of manpower and the lack of vehicles are hugely inhibiting the City Police to effectively implement integrated road safety and crime prevention plans, and especially zonal policing,” Cornelius said.
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