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Walvis Bay the most dangerous town in Erongo …according to 2017 statistics

by Rodney Pienaar

The coastal town, Walvis Bay, which is the favourite holiday destination for many Namibians during the festive season tops all the other towns in the region, recording the highest number of crimes committed during the year.

Statistics from 2017 on the region, show that the town recorded at least 1 065 crimes ranging from rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, drug dealing, robbery, culpable homicide, stock theft, theft out of motor vehicle, fraud (ATMs), house breaking and Domestic violence.

These statistics were collected from the Walvis Bay Police Station, Kuisebmond Police Station, NamPort Police and Narraville Police Station.

The town in total recorded at least 431 house breaking cases, 59 robberies, 116 fraud cases involving ATMs, 218 cases of assault and 13 rape cases, amongst other crimes.

Swakopmund location, Mondesa, recorded the second highest number of crimes reported, with 472 cases.

Mondesa has recorded house breakings and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to be its highest committed crime during 2017.

Omatjete, Otjimbingwe and Tubuses recorded the lowest number of crimes out of 17 towns and villages recorded by the Erongo police.

Of the total recorded crimes, 981 house breaking cases were recorded in the region last year.

Nampol's top of the list of the monthly ten identified cases/crimes from January to December, indicated 114 house breakings recorded in July as the highest case of break-ins while April recorded the lowest month with 45 case only.

The police said that it could not narrow down the reason for Walvis Bay’s high number of crime but attributed what is known to the influx of people to the town.