Botswana Police Service
Weekly Crime Reports
13.01.11
A special policeoperation team from No. 13 District (Mogoditshane) has arrested three men who have been in the top list of wanted persons. The three men, aged between 23 and 40 years were arrested for a case of shop breaking that was reported in Mahalapye in which explosives were used. The suspects, who are repeat offenders, are on bail for similar offences. Meanwhile, the police are concerned about the heartbreaking decisions taken by some people to solve their social problems. During the past week, eight people committed suicide while two others survived suicide attempts. What is disturbing is that it involved very young people and fairly elderly ones who could have chosen other means to solve their problems. In one of the cases a 97-year old man of Seshenche Cattle Post in Shakawe area was found hanging from the rafters of his house by his 53-year old son. In another case, a 13-year old standard six boy of Dzoroga was found hanging from a tree by his colleagues at Xhoo Lands in the Nata area. Police investigations in all the cases are continuing. However, the police would like to advise members of the public to seriously think and opt for solutions that would not leave close family members and other relatives in devastating situations whenever they encounter social problems. CURRENT WEEKLY CASES RECORDED PENAL CODE OFFENCES Offence Number of cases Number of Persons arrested Cash/Property involved in armed robberies Motor Vehicles Recovered Murder 1 1 N/A N/A Theft of Motor Vehicle 6 0 N/A 2 Armed Robbery 17 1 for 1case Cash over P 20 000-00 N/A Rape 22 9 N/A N/A TRAFFIC OFFENCES FATALITIES TOTAL ACCIDENTS DRUNKEN DRIVING CASES ARRESTED FOR EXCESSIVE SPEED 10 201 34 1102 SUMMARY OF CASES/ ACCIDENTS CASES / ACCIDENTS JANUARY 2011 TO DATE 2010 SAME PERIOD Murder 5 11 Armed Robbery 37 41 Rape 73 72 Number of people who have died in road accidents 17 10 Theft of Motor vehicle 9 9
10.01.11
Thirty people have died in 28 fatal road traffic accidents since the beginning of the festive season police operations from 17 th December 2010 to 4 th January 2011 compared to 30 who died the previous festive season. A total of 133 and 234 people suffered serious and minor injuries respectively compared to 98 and 226 registered during the same period in the 2009/2010 festive seasons. During the current season, road traffic violations included 3191 overspeeding, 971 driving without driving licences, 422 careless driving and 224 cases of driving under the influence of intoxicating drinks or drugs. In the previous season the police booked 3323 motorists for overspeeding, 955 for driving without driving licences, 549 for careless driving and 114 for driving under the influence of intoxicating drinks or drugs. Meanwhile, the police recorded few road accidents along the A1 highway. There were only eight road accidents that occurred along the A1 highway and two of them were fatal. The Police also recorded 84 armed robberies; 532 house break-ins; 145 store breaking and theft; 10 murder, 112 rape and 12 suicide cases during the festive season. The police also arrested 7 suspects for armed robbery, 9 suspects for murder and 22 suspects for rape cases. During the 2009/2010 festive season the police clocked 49 armed robberies, 585 house break-ins, 223 store breaking and theft, 21 murders, 99 rape and 8 suicide cases. Generally the 2010/2011 festive season was a peaceful one without serious disturbing incidents. The police would like to thank members of the public for their cooperation during police operations.
30.12.10
Botswana Police Service would like to appeal to members of the public to cooperate with law enforcement officers and observe the various laws of Botswana when celebrating the New Year. The appeal follows some unruly behaviour that was displayed by some members of the public during Christmas holidays in which law enforcement officers were assaulted and obstructed from carrying out their duties. In some instances police vehicles were also damaged by people who were throwing stones at the police. During the past week the police recorded at least five separate incidents in which six police officers were assaulted in the execution of their duties. In one of the incident reported at Bokspits Police Station on Christmas eve, a police officer was assaulted whist on duty by a mob at a wedding ceremony. The officer was attending to a report of noise and nuisance when the incident occurred. In yet another incident reported at Gaborone West Police, an officer was assaulted by one of the revellers attending a party. The officer was responding to a report of noise and nuisance when the incident occurred. Two Police officers stationed at Tshane were also attacked and stabbed with a sharp instrument suspected to be a knife when they were effecting a lawful arrest at Zutshwa on Friday. Other similar incidents were reported at Dikgonnye, Shoshong and Nata. Appropriate actions will be taken against those who will choose to resist arrest by law enforcement officers. Licensed liquor outlets owners and operators are also reminded that the prescribed times for operations will be strictly enforced. Botswana Police Service wishes the nation a peaceful and prosperous 2011.
09.12.10
We have reached that time of the year which is characterised by various crimes especially those crimes that involve theft of large amounts of money and valuable property. During the week under review, there was a noticeable increase in the number of incidents of breaking and stealing from motor vehicles that involved large sums of money and valuables. At least 13 incidents of breaking into motor vehicles and theft were reported in which cash amounting to over P89 000-00 was stolen. In one such incident that occurred in Palapye last Wednesday, cash amounting to over P42 000-00 was stolen after unknown people broke into a parked motor vehicle and got away with the money. It is alleged that the driver left the money in a motor vehicle that was not locked. Another similar incident occurred at Gaborone West Industrial when unknown people forcefully opened a car and stole cash amounting to over P33 000-00. The police also recorded 50 armed robbery cases in which cash amounting to over P243 000-00 was stolen. In Francistown, a certain shop was robbed over P99 000-00 when three unknown robbers attacked a security guard. Also during the past week the police recorded 221 cases of break-ins. Most of them involved property such as laptops and other household appliances worth thousands of pula. The police would therefore like to warn the public that it is that time of the year in which there is a lot of money in circulation and businesses make some gains. Criminals too plan to make gains during this time of the year. Therefore people are advised to take extra care on how they handle their money and to secure their businesses.
06.12.10
The public is reminded that it is a criminal offence to obstruct police officers in the execution their duty, resisting arrest or assaulting police officers on duty. This reminder follows an increasing number of incidents where members of the public obstructed officers on duty and resisted lawful arrests, in some instances assaulting police officers and damaging police vehicles in the process. In one incident that occurred last week a police vehicle was damaged by a group of people in Gaborone West Phase Two. The police were responding to a report of noise and nuisance when a crowd that was gathered at a certain house attacked them. Similar incidents have been reported at Tlokweng, Broadhurst and Maun. The public is urged to refrain from obstructing police officers and to continue cooperating with them in the fight against crime. Batswana are known to be law-abiding citizens with respect for the rule law and therefore the police look upon them for collaboration in the fight against crime. Those who are inclined to obstructing or resorting to any form of violence against the police are warned that the police are empowered by law to use the necessary force to effect a lawful arrest. Therefore they should be warned that the police will not hesitate to use these power vested upon the by the law.
29.11.10
The Police are concerned about the increasing incidents in which copper metals involving large sums of money were stolen at construction sites last week. The stolen items included copper cables, wires, and other metals made of copper. In one of the incidents, Sir Seretse Khama Airport police are investigating an incident in which copper wire and cables worth over P214 000-00 were stolen at a construction site in Block Seven. The incident occurred after unknown people cut the fence and entered a compound belonging to a construction company last Friday. In yet another incident Central police are investigating an incident in which copper cables worth over P147 000-00 were stolen from a construction site at the University of Botswana. The cables were stolen from a building that is under construction. Similar indents were reported at among others, Commerce Park, Phakalane and Mogoditshane. The police would like to urge construction companies to tighten security at construction sites and workshops to avoid falling victims. Construction companies are also advised to engage the services of security companies to deter such criminals. Once again, the police would like to appeal to scrap metal dealers to verify the source of metals especially copper before they could buy them.
02.08.10
The Botswana Police Service would like to warn the public to be cautious when handling or using fire in their homes. This follows may reports of fire breakout in homes some of which resulted in loss of lives. The police recorded at least six fire incidents in which two people dead last week. In one of the incident reported at Jwaneng a 68 year old man of Jwaneng died after being admitted at Princess Marina Hospital with serious. The man was badly burnt by fire when he was rescuing his children the hut in which the children were sleeping. He was taken to Jwaneng mine Hospital and later referred to Princess Marina Hospital where he died. The cause of the fire is not yet known but the police suspect a candle that were lit in the room in which the children were sleeping to have caused the fire. In another incident a seven moths old died after the house in which it was in caught fire at Woodhall in Lobatse a twin to the deceased is still hospitalised at Princess Marina hospital with severe injuries. It is alleged that the kids sleeping in the house while their mother was out when the fire broke. It is suspected that the candles that was left burning in the house could have caused the fire. Police investigations show that many fire incident are recorded during winter It has also been noted that the cause of most of these incidents are open fires left unattended to in homes. In some incidents children are left alone and end up playing with fire. In some cases fires are placed very close to items that can easly catch fire such as blankets, curtains and clothing. The police would therefore like to appeal to the public to avoid leaving open fires unattended. Parents should always ensure that open fires like candles should be put away from thing that can catch fire easily. The public is further advised CURRENT WEEKLY CASES RECORDED PENAL CODE OFFENCES Offence Number of cases Number of Persons arrested Weapons used in armed robberies Cash/Property involved in armed robberies Motor Vehicles Recovered Murder 2 2 N/A N/A N/A Theft of Motor Vehicle 4 1 N/A N/A 2 Armed Robbery 28 2 N/A Cash over P5 000 and P138 000 worth of property value N/A Rape 22 9 N/A N/A N/A TRAFFIC OFFENCES CASES TOTAL ACCIDENTS FATALITIES ARRESTED FOR EXCESSIVE SPEED - 273 6 1034 SUMMARY OF CASES/ ACCIDENTS CASES / ACCIDENTS JANUARY 2010 TO DATE 2009 SAME PERIOD Murder 139 127 Armed Robbery 822 1065 Rape 884 849 Number of people who have died in road accidents 191 236 Theft of Motor vehicle 148 145 D. Peter (ASP) For/Public Relations Officer Tel: 3605448
06.07.10
The public is warned to be on the lookout for criminals who fraudulently obtain money from unsuspecting people. During the week under review the police recorded at least three cases involving cash amounting to over 160 000 Pula in Gaborone, Mogoditshane and Mahalapye. In one of the incidents a 62-year-old man was swindled of over 75 000 Pula by an unknown man who claimed to be a prophet with the power to increase money. The unknown man disappeared after taking the above amount on two occasions. In yet another incident, Mogoditshane Police are investigating a case in which two unknown men defrauded a 44 year old woman of Tshwaaneng the sum of 45 000 Pula. The suspects are reported to have requested to pray for the women and her money. After the victim succumbed to the trick the duo took the money and disappeared. A 44 year old woman of Tlokweng was arrested last week Wednesday after she falsely obtained a 40 000 Pula loan from a commercial bank in Gaborone under the pretext that she was an employee of a certain company. The woman is said to have presented a false documents to an employee of the bank and given the loan in the above amount. The police would therefore like to advise the public to be wary of people who claim to perform miracles. The public is further reminded that no supernatural power can increase their money and to ignore anyone who approaches them for such because they are fraudsters. CURRENT WEEKLY CASES RECORDED PENAL CODE OFFENCES Offence Number of people arrested Weapons used in armed robberies Cash/property involved in armed robberies Motor Vehicles Recovered Murder 5 2 N/A N/A Theft of motor Vehicle 5 1 N/A 1 Armed Robbery 30 2 N/A N/A Rape 31 12 N/A N/A TRAFFIC OFFENCES CASES TOTAL ACCIDENTS FATALITIES ARRESTED FOR EXCESSIVE SPEED - 292 9 179 SUMMARY OF CASES/ACCIDENTS CASES/ACCIDENTS JANUARY 2010 TO DATE 2009 SAME PERIOD Murder 127 111 Armed Robbery 747 938 Rape 412 796 Number of people who have died in road accidents 173 205 Theft of Motor vehicle 132 136
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