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Theft, Domestic Violence And Assaults Top Annual Crime Report 2021

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KAMPALA:

Uganda Police Force on Wednesday, released an annual crime report 2021 indicating an increase in crimes in the country.

According to the report, there was a 0.1% general increase in the volume of crimes reported to police  from 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020 to 196,081 cases in 2021.

Of these, theft cases accounted for 43,583, assaults 29,317, domestic violence 17,533, sex related offences 16,373, economic crimes 10,966, threatening violence 10,408, breakings 10,148, child related offences 8681, criminal trespass 7636.



Malicious damage to property accounted for 6,980 cases, robberies 5,275, homicide 3,912, arson (general) 1,803 narcotics 1,668, political/media offences 797 escape from lawful custody 751, corruption 57 and terrorism 21.

The report presented by Maj Tom Magambo, the Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate also indicates that KMP North region registered the highest number of crime in 2021 with 12,304 cases followed by Rwizi with 12,130 cases, North Kyoga with 11,485 cases, Greater Masaka with 11,192 cases and  Albertine with 11,186 cases.

KMP South registered 10,001 cases, Aswa 9,880 cases, East Kyoga 9,851 cases, KMP East 8,029 cases and Rwenzori West 7,966 cases among others.

Districts/Divisions that registered highest crimes in 2021 were Kamuli with 3,078 cases followed by Luweero with 2880 cases, Mbale with 2,866 cases, Mbarara with 2,761 cases, and Mpigi with 2,739 cases. Old Kampala Division registered 2,694 cases, Kiryandongo 2,607 cases, Katwe division 2,396 cases, Kawempe division cases 2,394 and Mukono division 2,356 cases among others.

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While launching the report at the police headquarters in Nagulu, Kampala, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola said these crime trends were greatly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent opening of all sectors of the economy.

Meanwhile, Ochola says police plan to digitalize and integrate crime records for purposes of easy detection, reporting, tracking, supervision and analysis of crime trends.

He also revealed plans to tackle challenges of staff welfare. “The Uganda Police Force management is focusing on improving the welfare of all its personnel especially addressing the pertinent question of accommodation to achieve good staff performance and satisfaction.” He said


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