Crime rate reduces in Southern Region-Police

Written by  Allan Phetembe

Police in the Southern region registers a 28% reduction in crime rate in the first quarter of the year. Commissioner of police for the Southern region Demister Chigwenembe disclosed this during a community policing review meeting which was held at Malawi Police Training School in Limbe-Blantyre.


Addressing the meeting which comprised of all regional executive committee members for the South, Chigwenembe said crime rate has reduced in the region in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

“In the first quarter of 2017, a total of 4,364 cases were recorded which is slightly higher as compared to 3,133 registered in the first quarter of 2018, representing a 28-percent reduction crime rate,” Chigwenembe said.

He has since attributed the reduction to the relationship that exists between members of the public and police.

The commissioner however said the region has not performed well in terms of reducing traffic related cases.

“The region has registered an increase in traffic related cases as compared to last year during the same period. A total of 211 road traffic related cases were recorded in the first quarter of 2018 as compared to 163 in 2017 of the same period, representing a 22 percent increase,” he said.

Chigwenembe has since urged the traffic police officers to continue working hard and also intensify traffic checks and joint awareness meetings with members of the public.

He also asked officers in charge for various police stations as well as the station executive committee members to take a leading role in educating community members on the importance of having police units and its ownership.


During the function, Phalombe Police Station was awarded a trophy for being an outstanding performer in the first quarter of the year.

In his remarks, chairperson for Phalombe Police Station, Henry Kunsiya has attributed the achievement to continued support the Police in the district gets from members of the community, Non-governmental Organizations- NGOs that are working in the district and their counter part from Mozambique.

“As Phalombe Police Station we are performing very well due to the good collaboration we have in the district with communities,” Kunsiya said.

The police have since assured the public that they have tightened up their services to ensure that every citizen of Malawi is protected including people with albinism.

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