Statistics released by Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, shows that crime in general continued to fall countrywide, with numbers of registered cases falling by 12 percent in this year’s first three quarters compared to the same period last year.
Top of the crimes, according to the released security status report, are assault, drug abuse, defilement, house break-ins and threats without use of violence.
The figures were made public during the end of the year Police-Media interaction session held at RNP General Headquarters.
While presiding over the closure of the interaction session, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, said that Rwanda’s security situation continues to improve due to the existing policing partnership with, among others, the media, who inform and educate the public on their individual role in fighting and preventing crimes through information sharing.
“We believe in the philosophy that says that ‘information is power and using information is powerful; your presence here today is an additional seal to Police-Media partnership which is geared to serving and ensuring safety of the people,” IGP Gasana said.
He went on to say that technology evolution continues to present a challenging policing landscape.
“You are only relevant if you keep up with the pace and move even faster; whenever you have information before anyone else, then you have power. That’s why we need to strengthen and formalize this partnership and further build safer societies together,” he noted.
Detailing the state of crimes in 2016, the acting Commissioner for Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Morris Murigo, said that the five crimes that top the list constitute about 73 percent of the total number of crimes registered.
Drug related crimes make 29.93 percent (2,964), which also indicates a decrease from 3,197 and 3,072 cases registered in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Other high impact crimes highlighted during the session include human trafficking, fraud and deceit, among others.
“Generally, crimesin the country keep reducing and we hope that with more efforts from all stakeholders and stiff safety and security measures—the trends will continue to go down,” said ACP Murigo.
Road safety status in 2016
During the session, the Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety (TRS), Commissioner of Police (CP) George Rumanzi, said that road traffic accidents also decreased by 37 percent.
“In last three months, 114 people died in road accidents, 350 were seriously injured while 730 sustained minor injuries,” said CP Rumanzi.
He noted that, the number of vehicles imported in Rwanda increases by the day as well as huge increase in the number of Rwandans registering for Driving License exams.
“Figures from Rwanda Revenue Authority indicate that in the last five years, 85,223 automobiles have been imported; this implies that on average, 1420 automobiles are imported every month. A total of 132,850 Rwandans also registered and sat for driver’s license tests in 2016 alone,” said CP Rumanzi.
Speaking about traffic offenses, CP Rumanzi said that at least 240,103 traffic related offenses were recorded.
These included over speeding, accidents, reckless driving, lack of proper documents, driving while drunk, violation of pedestrian rights and traffic lights, among others.
“22 police officers attached to the traffic department were dismissed from the force over corruption-related offences while four others were dismissed over gross misconduct,” he explained.
“We also arrested 31 people with forged driver’s license.”
“A total of 678 public service vehicles have been fitted with speed governors while 101,054 went through road worthiness inspections. The Mobile Test Lane track made 15 rounds across the country and offered services to over 5600 vehicles. ”
CP Rumanzi went on to say as part of the department expansion and enforcing road safety, they added more 40 new patrol cars, 86 motorcycles and 86 speed gun cameras on roads.
Security during festive season
The Commissioner for Operations and Public Order, Commissioner of Police (CP) Emmanuel Butera said that the success recorded in policing in the last twelve months was due to several operations and public partnership.
He, however, hastened to call for more cooperation in crime prevention during the upcoming festive season, adding that police will has enhanced its operations to ensure that Rwandans celebrate the merrymaking days in a safe and secure environment.