Confiscated items destroyed

Combating crime
The Police destroyed dangerous items that were confiscated during police operations.
Nikanor Nangolo
A large quantity of dangerous items (weapons) were destroyed in the incinerator located at the Walvis Bay waste facility.

According to the Erongo police regional commander for community affairs, inspector Ileni Shapumba, the police has observed a concerning trend in crimes such as housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances which happened over the past few months. “Despite several meetings that were conducted to raise awareness amongst communities to help prevent crime through public cooperation, there have been disturbing incidents of community members carrying dangerous weapons on the streets and at drinking spots where these weapons are utilized to commit serious crimes of murder and robberies.”

Shapumba said that it was disturbing that most of the dangerous items were confiscated from young males including school going persons. "Children below the age of 20 are occasionally found walking in groups on the streets, attacking people including women and teachers, particularly at night.”

He also noted that the police will continue to take appropriate action. "We will arrest and detain those (including children) committing crimes. We are currently conducting weekly meetings to analyse crime with the hopes to identify crime trends, devise mechanisms and gain intelligence necessary to manage crime. We have identified problematic cases such as murder, culpable homicide, gender-based violence, rape, robbery and housebreaking to name a few.”

Shapumba urged parents to provide enough parental responsibility to their kids. “It takes a whole village to raise a child but the only person who has a chance to influence the behaviour of the child is the caring parent. Those carrying dangerous items on the streets should know that we will no longer take it lightly. We will charge them.”

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