TLOKWENG: While crime has generally declined in Tlokweng, incidents involving threats to kill are increasing rapidly, Mmegi has learnt.
Crime such as armed robbery and robbery are on the slide in the urban village, with 14 such incidents reported in the area since the beginning of the year, compared to 32 at the same time last year.
However, threat to kill cases are on the increase and according to Tlokweng Station Commander, Robson Maleka, 38 such incidents have been reported this year, compared to 24 over the same period last year.
“Most of the complainants withdraw cases after registering them and this worries us because we spend a lot of time investigating issues that are then dismissed,” he said.
“Most of these cases are reported by couples who have had misunderstandings. What we are dealing with is that as soon as the police register the case and start investigating, the very same couple will then come to the station to dismiss the case.”
Maleka attributed the general decline in crime in the area to increased patrols by police.
“This time around we have decided to prioritise. We have deployed more police officers on the ground,” he said.
Assault common cases reported to Tlokweng police were recorded at 335 cases for the year to date, compared to 428 over the corresponding period last year.
“Most of the assaults are committed at shebeens and most of these shebeens are unlicensed. Over the past months we have been shutting them down and charging those that operate unregulated,” Maleka said.
The station commander said his officers were determined to stamp shebeens and other unlicensed liquor operators, in order to curb crime in the village.