The New Dawn (Monrovia)

28 November 2012

Liberia: LNP Announces Crime Reduction

The Liberia National Police has announced a decrease in crime rate since the 10pm ban motor cycles. He did not, however, say the level of reduction.

The LNP, recently, issued an order banning motor cycles from plying the streets of Monrovia and its environs after 10pm beginning Wednesday, November 21 after observing that most of the crimes, including armed robbery perpetrated at midnight and early morning hours were facilitated by motor cyclists.

Police Director Clarence C. Massaquoi told the media in Monrovia that the reduction of the crime was the result of operation "Safe Haven" launched fortnight ago. He said operation "Safe haven" will remain enforced.

He expressed the belief that most of criminal activities at night were carried out by the motor-cyclists, but with the ban placed on night riding currently being monitored by all state security, there's some reduction.

"We have statistics to prove that motor-cyclists were involved in robbery; therefore, parents or guardians must advise their children to adhere to the ban because it would be enforced regardless of who is involved," Massaquoi warned.

On the criminal law, the Police chief emphasized the urgent need for revisitation due to the fact that it was frustrating the efforts of the police in the fight against crimes in the country.

"The prosecution or judiciary has to review this in regard to the protection of lives and properties because we do not want those robbers to come back in the streets," Massaquoi lamented.

He described the fight against crimes, particularly armed robbery, in every country as an uneasy task for that matter. The LNP has a workforce of 4,200 men and women who are deployed throughout the country protecting lives and properties.

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