There has been a drop in registered criminal cases and road accidents during the second quarter of 2015 in Blantyre City and surrounding areas, a police bi-annual analysis report has shown.
During the period under review between April and June 2015, Blantyre Police Station registered reduced road accidents and crimes by 10 and six percent respectively.
The station has registered 1 878 criminal cases compared to 1993 during same period last year and 512 road accidents between April and June 2015 against last year’s 569.
Blantyre Police Station officer-in-charge Ellobiam Banda has attributed this to the cordial relationship between the police and communities.
This is despite the fact that the police have reduced traffic checks as they are reviewing road block operations.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Atupele Muluzi, told Parliament that the Malawi Police Service(MPS) had reduced the number of traffic police checks which are now “strategically located” throughout the country and deployed some of its personnel to street duties.
Blantyre Police Station covers a policing area of 228 square kilometres with four traditional authorities (T/As) Kuntaja, Kapeni, Somba and Machinjiri as well as four sub- stations and six police units.