The Commissioner of Police Mr Keabetswe Makgophe has called on Batswana to take personal responsibility in ensuring improved crime prevention during the festive season.
Mr Makgophe was speaking at the launch of 60 Days of Action on Crime and Road Safety in Tonota on Thursday (14/11/2019). He said police have deployed more of their resources to sensitise communities as well as enhancing law enforcement during the festive period.
Mr Makgophe said the festive season is supposed to be a time for joy, celebrations and peace but criminals took advantages of the period to rob and defraud people of their valuable properties. He also decried the increased incidents of road carnage which are predominantly caused by human error due to unruly behaviour by some of the drivers especially the youth.
The Commissioner said since the beginning of the year, 388 lives have been lost on the road as compared to 383 lives lost last year during this period.
He informed the audience that during the campaign the Police will implement various crime prevention initiatives aimed at improving the crime situation and road safety situation as well as increasing the level of public education.
Mr Makgophe noted with concern the increase in the number of Gender-Based Violence which he said are worrisome. He challenged men to introspect and desist from abusing children and women noting that the law has been amended to criminalise sexual contact with an 18-year-old person and below.
The 60 days of Action on Crime and Road Safety campaign is intended to ensure safety and security during the festive season by reducing levels of road accidents and crime in general. The BPS, in collaboration with other stakeholders since 2011. It has consecutively been launched in places such as Gaborone, Palapye and Maun.