THE City Police yesterday announced that they have more than 50 000 arrest warrants outstanding in Windhoek.
Deputy Chief Adam Eiseb said drivers with outstanding arrest warrants were asking other people to drive their cars for them.
This will not help them escape the law though, as the City Police will impound the vehicle until the driver comes forward, he said.
He said the City Police intend to target the exits of the capital this festive season to bring the drivers to book.
Eiseb said the outstanding warrants date back to 2009.
Superintendent Helena Mootseng, the spokesperson of the City Police, yesterday also released comparative crime statistics for the periods December 1 to January 15 for 2010/ 2011 and 2011/ 2012.
She said the number of robberies had increased, predominantly as a result of people’s attitudes. According to her, people make themselves vulnerable to robbery by walking around with valuables at night, for example.
Mootseng said the steady increase of certain crimes in the capital was of great concern to the City Police.
At this time of the year, shoplifting is also on the increase, she said. This is because the higher volume of holiday shoppers is creating “a platform for criminals to shoplift, resulting in huge losses for businesses”.
Also, an increase is experienced in people stealing from their employers, Mootseng said. “This includes food, beverages and various items. Employers are cautioned to increase security surveillance on their premises.”
Mootseng said that theft from cars was also on the increase.
During December 1 2010 to January 15 2011, 660 crashes were reported in Windhoek. This went slightly down in the same period in the following year, with 588 crashes recorded.
In the 660 crashes, 134 people sustained injuries while seven people died. In the 588 accidents, 169 people were injured while six were killed.
Alcohol-related crashes decreased from 77 in the 2010/2011 holiday period to 47 last year.
Mootseng further announced that the City Police had executed 600 arrest warrants in the last holiday season – up by 55 from the previous year’s 544.
From December last year to January this year, 191 robberies were reported to the City Police, compared to 104 the previous year, she said.
The number of assaults with intent to do grievous bodily harm also increased by 361 cases from 61 to 422.
Mootseng said many assault cases, especially those involving domestic violence, went unreported.
The number of rapes reported in the city during the last festive season increased from six to nine, while the number of housebreakings increased from 323 to 408.
During yesterday’s City Police press conference, a man apparently posing as a City Police officer and collecting money from people for fines, crashed into a City Police vehicle when officers tried to arrest him.
He had been under surveillance for quite some time, Eiseb said.
Several shots were fired at the car the man was driving, but he got away.
Eventually, City Police officers found the car abandoned at a house in Otjomuise. The man had fled. It is believed that the house belongs to relatives of his.
By yesterday afternoon, the man was still at large. He is believed to have stolen thousands of dollars.