April 15, 2024

Crime rate shoots up in Lango, says new police report

By Denish Ongora (denish.ongora@vol.co.ug)

Kampala

North Kyoga registered the highest crime rate among 15 police regions according to the annual police crime report of 2022 released today.

According to the report launched by the Inspector-General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola at police headquarters Naguru, north Kyoga registered 17,605 cases last year followed by Kawempe North with 16,691, Kawempe south came third with 14,492 registered cases.

In the report, Rwizi topped in the cases of livestock theft with 809 registered cases, North Kyoga followed with 718 cases and East Kyoga was third with 563 cases.

In the number of assault cases registered, North Kyoga topped with 3,468 cases, Rwizi followed with 1,599 cases and East Kyoga with 1,474 cases.

In the same report, Alebtong district registered the highest cases of assault, Bukwo came second, Napak third, Dokolo fourth, Lira and Otuke followed respectively.

Regions leading in gender based violence according to the report was Albertine with 1,841 cases and North Kyoga followed with 1,814 cases.

In cases of arson, Aswa river region is led with 286 cases and North Kyoga followed with 242 cases.

The North North Kyoga Police Spokesperson SP Jimmy Patrick Okema while reacting to the report said as security they will analyze the details of the report in a bid to give them possible solutions to some of the crimes highly committed in the region.

According to the crime analysis, in 2022, there was an 18% increase in the volume of crimes reported to police from 196,081 cases registered in 2021 to 231,653 cases. out of the total cases reported to police countrywide, 68,405 cases were taken to court, 26, 749 cases were not proceeded with, while 136,499 cases are still under inquiry.

Out of the cases taken to court, 10,648 secured convictions, 38 cases were acquitted, 213 cases were dismissed while 57,508 cases are still pending in court.