According to a report signed by Sub - Inspector Augustus Nkhwazi PRO Blantyre Police Station , the reduction in crime rate follows enhanced police visibility in both uniform and plain clothed officers, day and night patrols (motor vehicle, bicycle and foot), improved working relationship with communities in the implementation of community based policing initiatives, among others.
In 2017, the station recorded 2668 criminal cases as compared to 5347 criminal cases recorded in 2016, representing a 50.1 percent decrease with a reduction in violent crimes.
“A total of 116 robbery cases were recorded in 2017 as compared to 286 in 2016 representing 59.4 percent decrease. 589 breaking cases were reported in 2017 while 1272 were reported in 2016 (53.7 percent decrease). This is a very positive development for the business, industrial and working class populations in the City of Blantyre,” reads part of the statement.
On Traffic Management, Blantyre Police recorded 417 road accidents in 2017 whereas 601 road accidents were recorded in 2016, a 30.6 percent decrease. 35 people lost their lives in 31 fatal road accidents in 2017 compared to 65 people who died in at least 42 fatal road accidents in the year 2016.
A lot of the accidents occurred along the Zalewa road, seconded by those along the Blantyre-Chikwawa road. Among some other factors, the accidents were caused due to sharp bends along Blantyre-Chikwawa Road and failure by motorists to observe and adhere to all road safety signs and regulations.
Nkhwazi commended Blantyre residents for their role in issues of safety and security saying various companies, organizations and individuals provided resources such as fuel and others which facilitated the smooth running of police operations in the city.