Despite everyday challenges in enforcing the laws in the country, Mangochi district has experienced a considerable drop in crimes from 1175 cases were registered from January to June in 2016 to 1042 cases recorded this year within the same number of months.
The drop represents about 10% decrease in recorded cases.
Police report on the development says the decrease in crime has not spared serious crimes such as house breaking which has dropped to 40 from 63 cases recorded last year in the first three months.
On the other side, the district has recorded more sexual offences to 50 cases from 40 of last year in the same period.
According to Mangochi Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Amina Tepani Daudi, this is as a result of “several reasons including impact of awareness meetings and school outreach held with the public” which prompt people to report “cases to the Police or any other relevant formation”.
Unfortunately, there has been an increase in road accidents compared to those recorded in same period in the year 2016 from 26 to 33 with 16 deaths and 26 deaths respectively.
Overall, the drop has been attributed to different measures taken to strength security in the district which include “good relationship with the members of the general public” that encourages people to tip the police.
The police in the district has meanwhile thanked all stakeholders which made it possible to reduce crimes and has further ensured the people of Mangochi that partnership will be maintained.