Botswana Police Service
Weekly Crime Report
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

 

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