Crimes in Kenya drop by 8 percent

December 20, 2013 1:48 pm
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 The report indicates that during the period under review, crime decreased by 5,903 cases or 8 percent/FILE

The report indicates that during the period under review, crime decreased by 5,903 cases or 8 percent/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – A new report by the National Police Service shows that crime rates in Kenya have decreased by eight percent since January to November this year compared to the same period last year.

The report indicates that during the period under review, crime decreased by 5,903 cases or 8 percent.

The report particularly indicates that there was a decrease in cases of economic crimes at 21 percent, theft of stock at 17 percent and offences against persons at seven percent.

The report however indicates that while other months recorded decrease in crime cases, the month of May and November recorded high.

Speaking during the launch of the report on Friday, the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo attributed the decrease to public cooperation with the police and the increased police mobility.

He said the government had committed to facilitate the service even more, to improve the situation further.

“National economy cannot flourish without internal stability, order and effective enforcement of laws nor can any business or other activities develop without internal cohesion,” he explained.

“Effective policing is therefore crucial to both internal security and economic growth.”

“Crime is a complex phenomenon which cannot be solved without active cooperation among members of the public, various key sectors and law enforcement agencies.”

The Inspector General of Police added that as crime continues to evolve, the police service was adopting a new technology to curb insecurity.

He noted that community policing was going to be fully adopted to ensure every person participate in maintaining security.

“Active community policing desks should be maintained in our police stations for this cause. Intelligence led policing which we have now fully embraced must remain a permanent feature of our service delivery strategy,” he said.

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