Thyolo Police Station officer-in-charge Teleza Nankhuni has launched a community sensitisation campaign aimed at strengthening relations between police and the community in combating crime.
The campaign comes in the wake of a recent surge in criminal activities in the district.
Speaking at the launch in Ndalama Village in Thylo District, one of the infamous hot beds for criminals, Nankhuni stressed the importance of security to the development of the district and the country as a whole.
She mentioned that thieves recently stole batteries at an Airtel tower leading to disturbances in network and subsequently affecting people’s businesses.
In addition, Nankhuni also cited the breaking into a Chipiku shop which led to its closure as typical examples of how security and development go hand-in-hand.
She said: “We have partnered estate owners to man a 24-hour road block to control illegal activities in our district.”
Nankhuni told the community that a police unit will soon be established in the area.
Among other issues discussed were the increase in unlawful wounding, suicide, gender-based violence and juvenile offenders.
In the past two weeks, Thyolo Police have arrested 11 children aged between 10 to 16 years for theft, burglary and robbery, a situation she said was worrisome.