Officer Commanding Chivhu District, Chief Superintendent Stephen Baleni has hailed Beatrice Police Station’s Crime Consultative Committee (CCC) for its efforts towards crime reduction.

In an interview with The Outpost recently, Chief Superintendent Baleni said crime was on the rise in Nyatsime resettlement area which falls under Beatrice police station and assistance from Beatrice Triple C has helped contain it in the community.

“Crime has been on the rise in Nyatsime resettlement area where the population is increasing now and again. We are managing the situation with the assistance from Beatrice Triple C which is very active and always come aboard to support crime prevention activities. The Triple C is actually facilitating the resuscitation of the Beatrice station’s vehicle which requires maintenance, “said Chief Superintendent Baleni.

In a separate interview, Officer-In-Charge Beatrice Police Station, Inspector Matthew Hove said Beatrice as a farming community was facing a unique stocktheft phenomenon where thieves steal cattle in the area at night and debone the cattle and disappear with meat.

He said their efforts to fight the crime got a boost after they got a donation of a roadblock equipment from Beatrice Triple C late last year.

“We have been receiving cases of deboning in farms and most of the crimes were committed during the night. We are glad with the assistance we received from our local Triple C. They have donated modern roadblock equipment for night duties so as to help in conducting stop and checks roadblocks,” said Inspector Hove.

The growing population of Nyatsime resettlement area has been attributed as a reason in stock theft cases being recorded as the settlement is providing a ready market.

Vice Chairperson for Beatrice Triple C, Mr Percy Matongera said, as a committee they do appreciate efforts by their local police towards crime prevention and donations are the only way they can express their gratitude. He said their hope was that the equipment will help reduce criminal activities in the area.

“As CCC members, we do appreciate efforts by ZRP towards crime prevention. As a community we try by all means to assist our police and we can only do so through such donations. Crime activities are mostly prevalent at night, so we saw the standardised night roadblock equipment relevant,” said Mr Matongera.

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