MUTARE – Road accidents and crime have gone up 10 and 6 percent respectively in Mutare from last year, a top police officer said here yesterday.
Senior assistant commissioner Moses Magadi, the officer commanding Manicaland, was speaking at an annual awards ceremony where Chipinge police got top accolades for busting an eight-member cattle rustling racket, recovering 113 cattle.
In a case that involves about 35 complainants, five of the eight suspected livestock thieves are in custody with three are still on the run, assistant provincial public relations officer Luxson Chananda said on the sidelines of the Cottco-sponsored Manicaland Provincial Policing Excellence Awards.
Magadi urged ZRP to “redouble its efforts” to bring the situation under control.
“We need to redouble our efforts in order to curb crime in general which rose by 6 percent from 21 852 cases recorded between January and October 2012 to 23 148 cases in 2015,” he said.
“More work is also required to reduce crimes of concern in the province such as rape of juveniles, murder, robbery and fraud.”
He also raised particular concern over “road traffic accidents which also had an increase of 10 percent from 1 329 cases received in 2012 to 1 466 cases received in 2013.”
“It is sad to note that most of the accidents have been attributed to human error,” he said.
“The major cases being speeding, unlicensed drivers, driving without due care and attention, drinking whilst driving among other.”
He however said his force was working on “robust strategies to deal with the menace of crime and road carnage.”
“I would like to encourage law abiding citizens to work closely with police through initiatives such as crime consultative committees, business against crime forum, neighbourhood watch committees and junior call programmes among others,” he said.
Innocent Manhando, Cottco area manager, pledged his organisation’s continued support of the awards as an incentive for the fight against crime in the province.