A new crime and traffic safety report indicates a drop in the volume of crimes by nearly nine percent.
While briefing officers and press at Naguru, the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola said the report highlights the challenges, strategies and recommendations that the Uganda Police Force intends to adopt in fighting crime going forward.
Ochola explains that security efforts such as the installation of CCTV cameras in various parts of the country have contributed to the general decline in crime in the year 2020.
“Generally, in the year 2020, there was a 8.9% decrease in the volume of crimes reported to Police from 215,224 cases reported in 2019 to 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020,” Ochola states.
“There was also a 4.7% reduction in the number of traffic accidents reported in 2020 from 12,858 accidents reported in 2019 to 12,249 accidents reported in 2020.”
The decline in crime is also attributed to restrictions on the movement of persons and vehicles and closure of businesses as measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus broke out in the country last year.
Other factors that have contributed to the decline of crime includes deployment of security personnel, the closure of businesses such as bars reduced crimes like common assault, obtaining money by false pretence and threatening violence.
Such crimes contribute more than 30 per cent of the total volume of crimes committed annually.
According to the IGP, as Uganda evolves and grows in science and technologies, the Police Force must adapt to these developments and take on roles that reflect the changing values and expectations of the society they seek to protect.
“This therefore, entails constant training and equipping of our personnel with more advanced knowledge, proper attitude and tools to fight crime,” Ochola said.