A campaign dubbed ‘Know Your Neighbour’ has been earmarked as one of the strategies in curbing crime in the high density Chinsapo Township in Lilongwe.
Speaking during an interface, Councillor for Chinsapo 2 Ward, Christopher Namakhwa, said it was worrisome that criminal activities are becoming rampant in his area, hence the campaign.
“This campaign will be achieved through our existing community policing forums who will ensure total security by registering new occupants or visitors in our homes or locations,” said Namakhwa.
He added that the new entrants will be issued with “ward pass” as some identity card to “track” their movement should anything suspicious happens.
The Democratic Progressive
Party (DPP) councillor disclosed that the idea was hatched to flush out suspected criminal gangs which he claimed have infiltrated the area.
“Rumours have it that the infamous Eleven Bongos gang from Area 36 has established itself somewhere here where it is said to be causing terror as well as teaching our youth their criminal ideologies,” he said.
Echoing the councillor’s sentiments, block leader Kapalamula Manda pledged unity between the community and the police to ensure a crime-free Chinsapo Township.
In her remarks, Chinsapo Police Unit community policing coordinator, Stella Nkhambule, reiterated Malawi Police Service’s commitment in fighting crime both in urban and rural communities.
“But we cannot do this on our own; we depend on people like you to work hand in hand with us to end crime by, among others, reporting to us individuals or gangs suspected
to have evil intentions,” stated Nkhambule.
Chinsapo is one of the crime prone areas in the country with rising cases of murder, robbery and defilement.
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