Zimbabwe Republic Police has revealed that general crime has increased by 33 percent in the Midlands Province with Zvishavane and Mberengwa districts the most affected.
Officiating at the annual ZRP Zvishavane district Cop of the Year Awards last Friday, ZRP Officer commanding Midlands province Moses Magandi said a total of 3709 cases were received in 2019 as compared to 2789 received during the same period last year.
“The increase in crime is attributed to an influx of artisanal miners from other parts of the country who come to our area searching for precious stones since we are blessed with mineral deposits in this district.
“Zvishavane and Mberengwa were the most affected stations, the district was hit by a number of crimes such as unlawful entry, assault cases, theft, stock theft, rape of juveniles and robbery,” he said.
He also applauded Mimosa Mining Company for donating two Toyota Hilux D4D single cabs and bicycles for the police saying their patrols are going to be more effective.
“We are happy that we saw a decrease in cases of armed robbery and rape of adults.
“As police we have stepped up our efforts by implementing strategies to ensure that crime is kept under control. We have enhanced foot and mobile patrols in urban set ups and general patrols in rural areas.
“l am happy to say that with what Mimosa has done for us,our patrols are going to be more effective and our attendance to crime scenes is going to be faster with the resources they provided today,” he said.
A total of 114 officers walked away with certificates, monetary prizes and an assortment of household goods .
The Cop of the Year award went to Mberengwa based Constable Tobias Gwauraya who in the past year managed to effect a total of fifty individual arrests and twenty group arrests with offenses including murder, unlawful entry , theft, stock theft and assaults among others.
The awards were sponsored by Mimosa Mining Company which promised to continue funding the event in a bid to achieve a crime free community.