Nkhunga Police Station in Nkhotakota has described 2017 as a challenging year in which they registered an increase in crime and road accidents.
The station’s officer-in-charge Glinton Mitayi said this during an end-of-the-year party held at the station.
Nkhunga Police Station registered an increase in crime rate by 12 percent, according to the station’s spokesperson Ignatius Esau.
Mitayi said Nkhunga Police Station registered 48 road accidents in which 22 people died, an increase from 43 road accidents and 17 deaths in 2016.
“Most common cases that were registered in 2017 included assault, murder, house breaking and defilement. Despite the increase, the station registered some successes in other areas such as the high number of people being convicted of various offences and the revamping of community policing structures,” he said.
The officer-in-charge stressed the need to continue enhancing the cordial relationship among different stakeholders such as the business community, companies, traditional and faith leaders.
Wyson Magwira, the station’s executive committee chairperson, appealed to the community to support the committee with bicycles, whistles, reflective jackets for distribution to various community policing structures within the Dwangwa area. n