By Kondwani Magombo – Mana.
Mangochi District has registered a 12.3 per cent drop in road accidents and a further 16 per cent drop in fatalities in this year’s first half as compared to the same period in 2020, police disclosed on Monday.
The district registered 73 road accidents and 25 deaths from January to June in 2020 while in 2021 during the same period, 64 road accidents and 21 deaths were reported, Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Sub-Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi disclosed.
Daudi attributed the drop to the visibility of traffic police during the day, night and the introduction of community traffic wardens in accident prone areas.
According to Daudi, the district has registered a 16 percent decrease in crime in the first half, describing the development as ‘positive in policing matters.’
“In the first six months of the year 2020, a total of 1,027 criminal cases were recorded while in 2021 the station has registered 886 cases, a decrease of 16 percent,” Daudi said.
Daudi said the police successfully recovered some stolen items in the first six months of the year 2020 and arrested a substantive number of criminals.
She said up to 272 cases were completed during the period in question and 144 perpetrators of crime were given stiffer penalties in courts, adding that the culprits were serving jail terms.
Daudi added that the police in the district will continue implementing different crime detection and preventive strategies to reduce crime further.
“The strategies will include crime-prone area based patrols, border patrols, intelligence gathering and road safety awareness through the media, especially community radios,” she said.
Meanwhile, the police have hailed the good relationship that exists between the officers in uniform and the public, saying the relationship has contributed to the reduction of crime in the district.