Dec, 11th 2020 – The UK’s minister for Africa James Duddridge at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, has opened a free-to-call, confidential crime reporting hotline, alongside Kenya’s DCI George Kinoti.
Addressing the media yesterday, Duddridge said the hotline will allow Kenyans across the country to report crime in confidence. He further said, they have used similar hotlines to deliver significant success in the UK and other parts of the world.
According to 2018 annual crime report that was released by the National Police Service, ranked Nairobi as a murder capital with 235 homicides, followed by Nakuru 171, Kiambu 142, Meru 139, Kilifi 125, Machakos 109, Kisii 108 and Murang’a 100.
A report read that, “Street crime is a serious problem especially in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Meru and other major cities. The greatest number of street crimes involve multiple armed assailants. In some cases, large crowds of street criminals incite criminal activity, which has the potential to escalate into grassroots violence with little notice.”
The anonymity of the caller while using the free number will be 100 percent guaranteed. Only authorized personnel will have access to the information provided which will be treated with utmost confidentiality. Teens are urged to use the service to ensure timely reporting of criminal activity so that any suspected criminals get arrested and brought to justice.
Speaking at the same time, DCI director George Kinoti, said officers who are trained in customer relations and are able to speak in a number of international languages, will be in charge of the call line.
DCI’s crime center aims at ensuring that crimes of opportunity such as thieves who often carry out snatching attacks in crowded places and pickpockets are reported immediately.