A good fes­tive sea­son as mur­ders drop from 10 to only 4

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Si­fiso Nh­la­batsi

The good work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween mem­bers of the pub­lic and the Royal Eswa­tini Po­lice Ser­vice (REPS) has yielded good re­sults as pri­ori­tised crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son of 2018 dropped dras­ti­cally when com­pared to that of 2017.

One of the no­table de­vel­op­ments was the fight against mur­der crimes. Statis­tics re­leased by the po­lice ser­vice have shown that from De­cem­ber 24 (2018) to Jan­uary 1 (2019) there were only four re­ported cases of mur­der which is a ma­jor de­cline when com­pared to 24 De­cem­ber (2017) to 1 Jan­uary (2019) where 10 mur­der cases were re­ported.

Speak­ing about how the po­lice have been able to achieve this ma­jor turn­around, Po­lice In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Phindile Vi­lakati said as the po­lice en­gaged in mas­sive cam­paigns.

She said they had a lot of pub­lic aware­ness, warn­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic about good be­hav­iour dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. Vi­lakati said Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment also as­sisted them while they hosted the cam­paigns.

She said they held road shows, crime and ac­ci­dent pre­ven­tion cam­paigns. The po­lice mouth­piece said they also en­sured max­i­mum po­lice vis­i­bil­ity which in­cluded many road­blocks in the coun­try’s roads.

Vi­lakati said one thing that has worked in their favour is that they made a lot of break­throughs for ma­jor crimes last year and they ef­fected a lot of ar­rests which is some­thing that sent a mes­sage

Sum­mary re­port of pri­or­i­tized crime for the fes­tive sea­son

that the po­lice ser­vice was a force to be reck­oned with.

Vi­lakati said the po­lice can­not take all the credit alone as mem­bers of the pub­lic were also of huge as­sis­tance.

She said mem­bers of the pub­lic made sure that they re­port any­thing they sus­pected to have el­e­ments of crime.

Vi­lakati said even the busi­ness com­mu­nity was vig­i­lant this fes­tive sea­son.

The po­lice mouth­piece said as po­lice they un­der­stand that their work is not over as they have to con­tinue car­ry­ing out their du­ties with zeal and en­sure the safety of the pub­lic through­out the year.

She said they will con­tinue to in­ten­sify their op­er­a­tions through­out the year. This time around, even cases of at­tempted mur­der dropped from five to two when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous fes­tive sea­son. Re­ported cases of armed rob­bery dropped from six to three.

How­ever cases of rape showed an in­crease from eight to 11 when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous fes­tive sea­son.

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