Salima Records an Increase in Crime Rate
District Commissioner for Salima Grace Chirwa Kanyimbiri has expressed worry over a registered increase in crimes rate in the district in 2021 appealing to stakeholders to up the game and address the issue collaboratively.
Police in Salima disclosed on Friday that the district has in 2021 recorded a 9 percent increase in different crimes compared to 2020 at a meeting with traditional leaders to bang heads and find solutions.
Kanyimbiri says security is not a one-man game, it requires concerted efforts.
"Looking at the statistics, it just tells us we have a lot of work to do to create a crime-free district and that needs all the stakeholders including community members to work together to reverse the trend," she said.
Officer In-charge for Salima police Assistant Commissioner Thandiwe Mwalwenje says they will intensify patrols among other interventions to control the situation.
"We invited the Traditional Leaders to let them know how their areas are doing in regard to the crime rate, we believe after knowing they will be able to address some of the problems and as police, we will continue with patrols and awareness meetings with communities on their role in crime prevention," Mwalwenje said.
Senior Chief Kalonga of Salima has however implored on police to be organizing interaction meetings with stakeholders frequently so they can share ideas on security saying being a lakeshore district issues of security are key.
"We need these meetings to be updating each other on how we are performing and where need be, employ an extra gear," senior Chief Kalonga said.
In the year under review 2021, Salima has recorded 989 cases compared to 901 in 2020.
The Lakeshore district has in 2021 recorded 41 fatal accidents where 40 people lost their lives against 35 fatal accidents in 2020 and 40 people also died.
Cases of Gender-Based Violence, General Theft motorcycle, and bicycle theft have also increased in the year under review.