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Southern Region records crime drop

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THE Police in the Southern Region have said the crime rate in the region has been reduced by 28 percent in the second quarter. Southern Region police Commissioner Demister Chigwenembe said this during a second quarter management meeting at the Police Training School in Blantyre on Friday.

He said the decrease in the crime rate is a clear indication that police are registering victory in the fight against crime. Chigwenembe also attributed the successes to visibility of uniformed police officers, a good working relationship between the police and the general public and the sweeping exercises the police have been conducting in the region among other initiatives.

“By category, the region has managed to register a crime decrease in all categories such as homicide comprising murder and mob justice but on the contrary, our region has seen an increase in sexual offences such as rape and defilement offences by 36.7 percent,” Chigwenembe said.

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He therefore called for more effort in sensitising members of the general public in order to reduce the number of sexual offences in the region.

“It is important to note that the success achieved in the period under review does not emanate from a simple task but a lot of collaboration between all regional branches, the CID [Criminal Investigation Department], Traffic, prosecution and community policing,” he said.

This quarter has seen Chiradzulu district emerging the winner in as far as crime reduction is concerned beating Blantyre, Nsanje and Limbe.

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Nsanje and Limbe have registered a crime decrease of 2 percent and 1 percent respectively. The management meetings have of late become platforms to evaluate and analyse region’s performance.

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