By Pemphero Tsokonombwe
Mchinji, Mana: Mchinji Police Station has recorded 18.4 percent decrease in crime rate in 2021.
Officer In-Charge for the Station, Rhoda Manjolo said this on Tuesday during a meeting with journalists which was aimed at strengthening relationship with media.
She said: “A total of 1,220 criminal cases were recorded in 2021. Crime rate has decrease with 18.4 percent as compared to the previous year. We attribute this decrease to sensitization messages which are carried in communities through various forms of media.”
Manjolo added that the Station was focusing on suicide, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and smuggling cases that are currently increasing in the district.
“Suicide, GBV and smuggling cases are currently rising. We hope for concerted effort from the media to help combatting this vice through disseminating information and messages to deter people against such practice,” she said.
Manjolo said people should be on the forefront and take a leading role to make Mchinji peaceful and secure district.
District Information Officer (DIO) for Mchinji, Sarah Munthali hailed the Police for organizing the meeting as it motivated journalists to seek information from Police as well as disseminate messages which could help in combatting crime.
“As journalists, we want cordial relationship with Police. We hope to be given information to disseminate to the general public for them to know what Mchinji Police is doing,” she said.