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Crime declines in Harare

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The crime rate in Harare has gone down by 8% surpassing a target of 2%, a remarkable feat the police believe demonstrates they are gradually harnessing criminality in the countrys capital city.

Provincial spokesperson Inspector James Sabau yesterday said: During the year 2011, Harare Province performed very well in as far as crime management is concerned.

Comparing January December 2010, last year we had targeted to reduce crime in Harare by 2%, but we managed to surpass that and reduced by 8%.

General crime went down by 8%. Unlawful entry and theft also went down by 7%, Sabau said. He said this was a result of the security consciousness by residents as many of them had started taking heed of police advice on how to look after their property.

Sabau, however, bemoaned laxity by some, saying this had given rise to cases of unlawful entry.

Most people have now relaxed and criminals are taking advantage of this. We are concerned with the rate at which premises continue to be broken into and property stolen, he said.

He said people should always be alert and understand methods used by criminals to pounce on them.

A general survey has shown that we have a lot of methods that are being used by the criminals, but top of them all is one where the criminals are forcing some doors open as well as breaking window panes and gaining entry through the window, Sabau said.

A case in point occurred in Dzivarasekwa between 11-12 January 2012, where unknown accused forced open a window and fished out the door keys that were on the kitchen unit.

They opened the door with the keys and stole a laptop, cellphone, pair of shoes and a pair of trousers.

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