Let's find ways to prevent crime

EDITOR —  House robberies and break-ins are on the rise especially in low density suburbs of Harare. My house was recently broken into for the second time in a week.

We didn’t report the first crime to the police, thinking it happened by chance. While we informed the local police of the second incident, the police officer who came to the house to take fingerprints didn’t do his work diligently. He said he couldn’t locate any fingerprints.

The heartless thief stole all the food in the house.
I work far away from home and my only trust lies with the police. Now I fear for the lives of my wife and children because we don’t know when the robber will come again.

I appeal to the police to take us seriously when we report cases or they shouldn’t be surprised when we take the law into our own hands. One hardly sees police vans patrolling. They only rush to the scene when criminals are facing mob justice . When criminals attack or rob us, police drag their feet or don’t come at all.

This form of policing is irresponsible. One of the functions of the police is to patrol 24/7. Criminals would think twice if they see a police van passing by. Police should also regularly hold meetings with residents to hear and address complaints.

I also urge house owners to be vigilant. When you spot a criminal, alert residents by blowing the whistle or screaming for help. I would also like to urge the government to create jobs and hire the young people who turn to crime to make ends meet.


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