Eastern region registers 10% crime cases increase

Eastern Region Police says shortage of police stations is one of the major challenges fueling criminal activities in the region.

Commissioner of Police responsible for the region Casper Chalera made the revelation during a region executive committee meeting held at police college in Zomba district.

Chalera expressed concern over the increase in criminal cases during the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period in last year.

“During the first quarter of 2022, the eastern region has registered 1756 cases in various criminal cases while in 2021 at the same time 1599 were registered representing a 10% increase,” said Chalera.

Chalera added that perpetrators carry out their criminal activities in different areas in the region because of absence of police stations in some areas, hence the need to establish more police units so that people should not walk long distances to get police services.

“We ask other partners to come in and assist the police in establishing police units in some areas in the region so that the men in uniform should be readily available in community," said Chalera.

Meanwhile, Chalera has cautioned police officers manning road blocks in the region to refrain from indulging into corrupt practices adding that the law will take its course.

Chalera: we will not tolerate corrupt Police Officers

“Malpractice of some police officers indulging in corruption in road blocks exposes the region to threats of criminal activities. Police officials in the region will not tolerate such malpractices and will close any road bock involved in the malpractice” Chalera said.

Speaking during the same meeting, Officer in charge for Machinga police station Owen Maganga said strengthening good working relationship between police and communities is paramount in dealing with various crimes.

Maganga said police introduced different interventions aimed at engaging communities’ and sensitizing them on crime management in their areas.

“Strengthening cordial working collaboration with communities is the best initiative in dealing with perpetrators because they are the ones who know where the robbers hide within the society," he said.

On his part, Chairperson of civil society organizations in Zomba Sammy Aron said organizations in the district are committed to help police to tightening security in order to protect lives and property of residents in the region.

“CSOs have several interventions aimed at helping police in ensuring that people are staying without fear in the region such as providing civic education and equipment’s to community policing structure,” Aron said.

He added that no investors can come into the area where there is no enough security hence need to join hand in the fight against criminal activities.