Erongo reports drop in festive crime

49 people arrested for drunk driving

06 January 2017 | Crime

Police at the coast had a relatively quiet festive season, the regional police commander, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, told a media conference yesterday.

There was a slight increase in the number of rape cases reported. Nine cases were reported compared to the seven rapes reported last year and five the previous year.

Sixty-one cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm were reported, compared to 49 last year and 57 the year before.

Seventeen drug-related arrests were made, compared to only five in 2015/16.

Twelve robbery cases were reported, compared to 14 in the previous festive season.

Fourteen cases of theft out of a motor vehicle were reported - four less than in 2015/16.

Only one drowning was reported, with about 25 near-drownings.

The police issued 1 035 traffic summonses, totalling N$1.1 million, during December. In the previous year 1 485 summonses were issued.

Forty-nine people were arrested for drunk driving - seven more than the previous year.

Fewer accidents were reported too - 221 compared to 231 in 2015/16 and 334 in 2014/15.

Nine people were seriously injured in car crashes this festive season, compared to 11 in 2015/16 and 20 in 2014/15.

Three people were killed in crashes, which was an improvement on last year's eight deaths and the 15 that occurred in the 2014/15 holiday season.

“The deployment of officers in the area, and the education the public had received, meant that drivers were driving more carefully,” Nelumbu said.



LEANDREA LOUW

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