- There was an increase in the number of crimes reported by 0.1%
- Thefts, assaults and domestic violence are among crime s committed
The police has released its annual crime report for 2021 in which it has indicated that there was an increase in the number of crimes reported by 0.1% to 196081 cases from 195,931 cases in 2020.
Releasing the report at the Police headquarters in Nguru, the police director for Criminal Investigations Division, AIGP Tom Magambo said thefts, assaults and domestic violence are among crime s committed and reported in 2021.
The report indicates that there were 29317 cases of assault representing 14.9% of all the crimes but also a decline by 4.5% whereas there were 17533 cases of domestic violence, a decline by 0.74% increase whereas 43583 cases of theft representing 22.2% of the total number of crimes.
The report also indicated that sex related offences increased by 1.4% to 16373 in 2021 whereas murder by shooting had 303 cases reported, murder by mob action at 759 cases whereas there was 23.1% increase in the number of fire emergencies reported in 2021 from 1,015 in 2020 to 1,258 reported in 2021.
AIGP Magambo said police is now looking at introducing an electronic case tracking system to ease the work of dealing with criminals.The acting Traffic Police director, Lawrence Nuwabiine said the number of people who died in road accidents increased from 3663 in 2020 to 4159 in 2021 with motorcyclists, passengers and pedestrians.
The report indicates that motorcycles killed the biggest number of people including riders and passengers.
The Police director for fire and rescue services, AIGP Joseph Mugisa said there was an increase of 23.1% in the number of fire emergencies reported in 2021 to 1,258 Mugisa attributed the causes of fire to negligence in dwelling places and homes at 272 cases, electrical short circuits, charcoal stoves, unattended to electrical appliances, arson, welding works and flammable fuel.
The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola said crime prevention is not only the duty of police but all stakeholders, including members of the public.