Uganda's annual crime rate drops by 8.9 percent in 2020

Source: Xinhua| 2021-04-20 09:25:37|Editor: huaxia

KAMPALA, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's annual crime rate dropped by 8.9 percent in 2020 from the previous year, according to a new police report.

The 2020 Annual Crime Report released Monday says that 195,931 cases were reported to police in 2020, compared to 215,224 cases reported in 2019.

Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola attributed the drop to the COVID-19 lockdown measures and the installation of surveillance equipment.

A total of 41,950 theft cases were reported in 2020, down 24.6 percent from the 55,704 cases reported in 2019, according to the report.

The report also shows that 1,714 narcotic related cases were reported last year, compared to 2,750 cases reported in 2019.

Ochola said the report would help the force understand better and analyze the emerging crime trends both nationally and locally. Enditem