WINDHOEK: A senior Namibian Police investigating officer responsible for the Khomas Region said cases of housebreaking and theft are on the increase in the capital and surrounding areas.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator for the Khomas Region, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa told Nampa on Sunday that cases of housebreaking and theft at private properties and places of business all over Windhoek are increasing.
“The incidents of housebreaking and theft are a grave concern to members of the police force responsible for the Khomas Region. Thieves are breaking into houses and business places during the day, during lunch-time and before people return to their houses after work,” he explained.
Nghishidimbwa said the thieves now easily cut through electric wire fencing to gain access to properties, and attributed the rapid increase in cases of housebreaking to the absence of effective neighbourhood watch systems in residential areas in the capital.
“Many people residing on the same street do not talk to one another. We need to revive the effectiveness of the neighbourhood watch initiatives in all the suburbs in order to help curb the incidents of housebreaking and theft,” the senior police officer stated.
He then strongly appealed to members of the public to refrain from buying stolen properties, and to instead inform the police about the sale of suspected stolen properties in their residential areas.
In an unrelated development, two cases of attempted murder have been opened by NamPol against two members of the Windhoek City Police who allegedly shot and wounded two suspected criminals who were involved in a robbery in the capital over the weekend.
The suspects are now receiving medical treatment in the Katutura State Hospital, and police investigations into the alleged shooting incident continue, Nghishidimbwa said.