Dowa registers increase in crime

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By Florence Mwale 

Dowa district has registered a 14.2 percent increase in criminal cases.

Statistics from the police, indicate that the district registered 270 criminal cases from January to August this year.

During the same period last year, 236 cases were registered.

According to Police Spokesperson in the district Gladson M’bumpha, the revelation was made during a Station Executive Committee (SEC) meeting held at Dowa Police Station.

The aim of the meeting was to inform various stakeholders on how the station fared in crime management.

During the meeting, it was also established that the station registered an increase in road accidents from 28 in 2019 to 53 in 2020 representing an 89.2 percent increase.

Among those road accidents, 22 people were killed from January to August this year.

Furthermore, the station also registered 8 murder cases from January to August 2020.

The increase in road accidents have been attributed to speeding, use of un-roadworthy vehicles and drink and driving.

However, in an effort to bring sanity on the road, Dowa Police has put in place strategies such as enforcement of speed limit, spot checks for drunk driving, sensitization of all road users and removing all un-roadworthy vehicles.

Speaking during the gathering, Dowa Police Officer In-charge Deputy Commissioner Rhoda Manjolo attributed the increase in criminal activities to the tendency by unpatriotic citizens to take the law into their own hands.

She further attributed it to failure to spot crime prone areas and extended closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Manjolo was however quick to point out that the police are working hand in hand with other stakeholders to reduce crime in Dowa, thereby making Dowa district crime free.

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