Police Records Upward Spiral of Crime Rates

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The report which was officially released this morning at the Naguru based police headquarters, also indicates that there had been a significant drop in crime between 2015 and 2016 before the statistics took an accelerating trend between 2016 and 2017.

There has been an increase in crime over the last two years, according to a crime report released by police today. The 2017 annual crime report indicates a 3.3 percent increase in the number of cases registered between January 2017 and December 2017 compared to that of the year 2016.

The report which was officially released this morning at the Naguru based police headquarters, also indicates that there had been a significant drop in crime between 2015 and 2016 before the statistics took an accelerating trend between 2016 and 2017.

In 2014, 258,771 cases were recorded across the country; the figures dropped in 2015 to 257,774 and dropped further to 243,988 in 2016 before shooting to 252,065 in 2017.

Aggravated assaults, thefts, economic crimes, common assault, obtaining money by false pretence, criminal trespass, burglaries, Domestic violence and child neglect topped the list of most reported and handled crimes in 2017.

Theft cases, increased by 53 percent in comparison to those reported in 2016, according to the report. In 2017, a total of 66,539 cases were reported and investigated while only 43,515 cases were reported in 2016.

Close to 1, 500 of the theft cases were motor vehicle thefts, 4,259 thefts of motorcycles, and 6,117 were mobile phone thefts.  According to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola, more cases are now reported to police as a result of public confidence in the police' ability to handle and investigate reported cases.
 
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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations was able to investigate and take to court 66,626 cases out of all the cases that were reported. Of these, the state was able to secure conviction in 18,961 cases while 1419 cases ended in acquittals. 9,613 were dismissed from court and 36,633 of them are still pending in court. Another 185,439 cases are still under investigation at police level.

The Director Criminal Investigations Grace Akullo says the police could have investigated many more cases but they were limited by financial constraints especially in handling cases of human trafficking, homicides and economic crimes.
 
 
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This is the first Crime and Road Safety report to be released by the Uganda Police Force in a space of three years. The last one was released in 2014 by the former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura.

While the department of crime data has been compiling the reports, the officers were reportedly ordered not to release the reports to the public.

 

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