At least 70 police officers participated in a road show held in Francistown last week geared at sensitizing the public on the importance of safeguarding their lives and property over the festive season.
The safety road show which coincided with the 60 days of action on crime prevention and road safety was the first of its kind to be held by the Botswana Police service.
Cast of the police television drama programme ‘Itshireletse’ were also present to warn the public of likely criminal activities prevalent during the long holidays.
According to police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa it was important for the public to be sensitized as crime becomes prevalent during this time of the year.
“We want people to be on the lookout for criminals who become even more scheming during the festive season. We are also urging motorists not to drink and drive so as to avoid unnecessary loss of life,” he said.
Meanwhile during a security and safety Pitso held in Francistown for the city’s business community, crime statistics indicated reduction in violent and intrusive offences.
Speaking at the Pitso, Deputy registrar of the Francistown High court Justice Gaongalelwe Ketlogetswe said the recorded number of offences was reduced from 735 cases in 2011 to 544 cases in 2012, which translates to 26 % reduction.