Monkey Bay Police records 9 percent reduction in crime


Monkey Bay Police in Mangochi says crime in its policing area dropped by 9 percent in the year 2022.

Officer In Charge, Senior Superintendent Sinakadze Clifford Mkweche disclosed this at Monkey Bay Police Station during a meeting with community level crime prevention groups.

The meeting also discussed how Monkey Bay Police should collaborate with community level crime prevention groups to deal with crime in 2023.

Mkweche said Monkey Bay Police registered 370 criminal cases in 2022 compared to 408 in 2021 translating to 9 percent crime reduction around Monkey Bay policing area.

Senior Superintendent, Mkweche said the crime reduction was achieved because of good working relationship between Monkey Bay Police and  Community Policing Forum and other community level crime prevention structures.

He therefore called on community level crime prevention groups to continue collaborating with the police in reducing crime in Monkey bay area in 2023.

Though Monkey Bay Police celebrate the overall crime reduction, the Officer ln Charge, however, observed that there was a rise in criminal acts such as human assault,  theft of livestock, sexual related offences and theft by servant .

“We need to collaborate in the fight against crime by intensifying night patrols,” he said.

Chairperson of Monkey Bay Community Policing Forum, Levison Phiri assured Monkey Bay Police Station of total collaborate in crime reduction in 2023.

Phiri therefore asked the police to provide reflector jackets, whistles and other items to help them to effectively deal with crime in the Monkey Bay area.

He said he was impressed to hear of crime reduction in Monkey Bay policing area, adding this will help them to renew their efforts in working with the Monkey Bay Police in crime reduction.

Community Policing Coordinator at Monkey bay Police, Sub lnspector, Masautso Katemera also advised the community policing structures to avoid mob justice whenever they apprehend a crime suspect.

Sub Inspector Katemera said the best way is to hand over a crime suspect to police to ensure proper prosecution and  justice in court.

He also called on the community level crime prevention groups to hold meetings with communities  in their respective areas to discuss crime issues.

The community policing coordinator also emphasized the need for people to bring to police people they want to employ so that the police should have the people’s fingerprints for easy tracing in case of theft at the work place.

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