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Crime down 37% in Blantyre

Police in Blantyre reduced cases of crime by 37.8 percent in the month of February, statistics indicate.

This is in stark contrast to the situation in February 2017, when 328 criminal cases were registered.

Records at Blantyre Police Station indicate that a total of 204 criminal cases were recorded last month, representing 37.8 percent decrease.

Blantyre Police Station deputy publicist, Dorrah Chathyoka, attributed the development to interventions employed by the law enforcers.

“Some of the contributing factors include enhancement of police visibility, in terms of both uniformed and plain clothed officers; day and night patrols, using motor vehicles, bicycles and foot patrols; sweeping exercises and snap roadblocks.

“On a larger scale, [we also benefitted from] improved partnerships with members of the community through community-based policing initiatives, [in the sense that] there has been free flow of information-sharing between the police and members of the community,” she said.

Chathyoka said information sharing has helped police to arrest perpetrators of various crimes in the city.

She added that law enforcers have also been engaging the public.

“Awareness meetings on issues of crime prevention, child protection and gender-based violence through community policing has proven to be a major factor in reducing crime. We will continue to implement initiatives that are aimed at addressing security concerns of all residence in the commercial city,” she said.

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