IGP Kayihura Calls for Strategy Review as Reported Crime Increases

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The latest statistics show that crime reported to police has increased from 268,811 cases reported in 2011 to 273,957 cases in 2012. 1,910 homicide cases were reported compared to 1987 in 2011.

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has defended police efforts to fight crime despite an increase in reported cases in the latest 2012 crime report.  
Between 2006 and 2011, efforts to ensure more police visibility seemed to be working but the latest statistics show that crime reported to police has increased from 268,811 cases reported in 2011 to 273,957 cases this year.
While releasing the statistics, Kayihura blamed this increase on the late release of the crime report which ordinarily should have been released in January.
Though actual figures show that crime is increasing, Kayihura is quick to claim that the percentages actually point to a crime reduction. Crime last year was most prevalent in urban areas especially Jinja, Old Kampala, Katwe, Kawempe, and Iganga.
Singling out terrorism, homicide and break-ins, Kayihura argued that trends in these crimes had reduced but attributed this to an increase to the public’s confidence in the justice system.
For a large proportion of cases reported to police, police continues to reflect them as civil cases that this year that this year the public reported 173,492 cases compared to 169,490 cases the previous year.
While the actual criminal cases increased from 99,321 in 2011 to 100,465 in 2012 just over 3000 cases short of the 2009 mark.
1,910 homicide cases were reported compared to 1987 last year. There were 11,006 economic crime cases, 7,340 cases of break-ins, 4,194robbery cases and 8,076 cases of defilement.
Kayihura tasked the Director Criminal Investigations, Grace Akullo whom he praised as a crusader against corrupt to find out why there was a 1.2percent increase in crime.
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A total of 53,254 suspects were taken to court to answer various cases while 13,841 people were the only persons convicted during the year under review.
In his hour long statement to the media, Kayihura called on the speedy enactment of the anti-narcotics and psycho-tropical substance bill which he said had led to a lot juvenile delinquents.
Kayihura singled out areas of Munyonyo, Buziga, Bunga, Kansanga, Kabalagala as the new areas for smoking marijuana by both local youth and foreigners, a vice he vowed to stamp out.  
Kayihura appealed to parliament to pass the anti-narcotics bill to enable police fight drug abuse before the country’s youth are destroyed by drugs. Kayihura singled out contract killers as using drugs.
Kayihura also noted that though more cases of defilement are being reported, he is worried many more go unreported because of fear of victims being stigmatized.
There have been concerns over an increase in domestic disputes ending in death, sometimes with children conspiring to kill their parents over property. There has, however, been a marked decline in this area.
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In regard to the fight against corruption, Kayihura insisted that the public has enough faith in the police to continue reporting corruption cases. He called for an investigation into the NGO involved in Black Monday protests saying they are corrupt themselves.
Kayihura tasked his Director CID, Grace Akullo to find out how much money they receive in their fight against corruption and how much they spend.