NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 – Jewellery of unknown value was stolen on Wednesday in a shop within Nairobi’s CBD by armed gangsters, even as Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo released statistics detailing the reduction of crime across the country in the past five months.
The thugs armed with pistols accosted the proprietor of Nagin Pattni jewellers on Kaunda Street at about 10am just after they opened the business.
He told Capital FM News that they were huddled into a corner after which jewellery of unknown value was stolen.
Just hours before, Kimaiyo had said he had put in place measures to reduce the rate of crime in the country.
“Our focus is on the hotspot areas where there is prevalence of certain categories of crime which we want to address and we have already mapped out those areas,” he said.
Kimaiyo pointed out that this includes the deployment of police officers to crime prone areas mainly at the Somalia border, Western, Nairobi and Coast Province.
“We will now deploy our officers to those areas and ensure that crime is reduced drastically.”
Statistics released showed that the crime level has generally gone down by 10 percent, with 30,285 incidents reported since January as compared to 33,538 incidents reported in the same period last year.
Kimaiyo stated that the recruitment of more police officers and CCTV installation project planned for Nairobi and other urban areas will contribute in reducing crime drastically.
“The only month that we have been fully engaging ourselves in crime management is the month of May and you could see even during the campaign period, the number of cases actually reduced drastically and that is why we have the figure of a reduction in crime by 3,253 compared to the other years,” he said.
He pointed out that the same period for 2011 saw 31,053 being recorded while 2012 had 33,538 were reported.
“The increase in crime that we have witnessed in the last three years was on the area of homicide and robberies with violence,” he stated.
He stressed that the crime rate will drop significantly if the National Police Service sustains its efforts and employs better crime management strategies.
“For our officers in the field and in various commands and formations, I want to inform them that the Kenyan public expects much from them as far as their responsibilities are concerned,” he stated.
“They should therefore guard against the issue of sleaze and all manner of unprofessional behaviour that may be there within the public,” he said.
He indicated that a consultative forum is currently underway to provide input on how to develop instruments to complement the National Police Service standing orders on policing.
He revealed that once the first draft is produced, it will be subject to a wide stakeholders’ input.
He stated that the standing orders will conform to the National Police Service Act 2011 and the National Police Service Commission Act 2011.