Crime rate has increased by 20 percent in the Southern Region in the first half of 2020 as compared to the same period last year.
Commissioner of Police for the south, Sledge Yoosuf, said this during a Regional Executive Committee meeting on Thursday.
He said the region recorded 6, 653 criminal cases from January to June this year against 5, 541 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Yoosuf said among other reasons, this is the case because of the fresh presidential elections and pardoning of criminals as a way to fight the spread of Covid-19, saying even criminals who had not fully reformed found their way out of prisons.
“Again, we are currently using modern ways of capturing data, capturing each and every reported case unlike the previous years when our data matrix had some shortfalls.
“It is my hope that these statistics indicate the true reflection on the ground. Stations used to hide cases for reasons known only to them but this time we are saying our clients deserve to know the truth,” he said.
The statistics provided also show that road accidents have increased from 1,804 last year to 2,009 in 2020 representing a seven percent surge.
In these accidents, 132 people died up from 126 people who died last year, representing 4.8 percent increase.
“It is very disgraceful to note that serious road accidents go unreported. Let me urge all station officers and community policing coordinators to work together to sensitise all garage owners in their respective policing jurisdictions to report any vehicles at their garages with dents and deemed to have been involved in road accidents.
“This has worked with our colleagues in the health sector, who report to us anyone with suspicious wounds. We can do the same with garages for traffic officers to easily identify the culprits of road accidents,” he said.
Asif Gillan, Southern Region Police Regional Executive Committee Chairperson pledged to work with the police in the fight against crime in the region.
“I am happy with the performance of the police in the region. We will in any way we can work with the police to make the region safe and crime free,” he said.