Tanzania: Theft in cooperatives rises steeply

Cases of cooperative union, theft reported to police across the country have increased almost threefold last year, according to latest police report.

The report jointly prepared by police and National Bureau of Statistics shows that theft in cooperative societies went up by 146.2 per cent making the sector to lead to all related property crimes reported last year.

Theft in cooperative unions increased from 13 incidents reported to police in 2013 to 32 incidents of 2014, due to Crime Statistics Report January -December, 2014, report.

The report did not state the reasons, but say it enable the police force to prepare in combating crime the coming year.

Also, the report said, "it helps TPF (Tanzania Police Force) to organize and increase efforts to fight crime in those areas with high crime rate". All cases related to cooperative theft were reported in Coast Region 15 cases, Reli-that is Tanzania Railway Limited 11 cases and Lindi four cases.

In general, the report prepared jointly by police and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), shows that total offences related to property decreased by 3.7 per cent from 45,470 in 2013 to 43,808 in 2014.

The report said theft in state owned enterprises decreased by 62.7 per cent from 158 cases reported in 2013 to 59 cases to be the sector that crime went down remarkably. 

In the second place comes theft in banks as it went down 52.6 per cent from 116 cases in 2013 to 55 of last year. Arusha with 51 out of 55 cases led in all bank crime reported last year, followed by Tanga with four cases.

While out of 517 cases of banknotes counterfeit reported to police last year Kinondoni leads the pack with 64 cases, followed by Mbeya with 49 cases and Ilala 39 cases and Temeke 32 cases. All five regions in Zanzibar registered zero case regarding bank notes forgeries.

Also theft in local government slid down by 45.5 per cent from 11 to six of last year, while in central government went down by 42.9 per cent from 14 to eight cases.

Police said property crime is offences or events which perpetrator targets to acquire possessions whether from a person, or company or government with the intention to deprive its ownership.

His/her efforts may sometimes result into another offence depending on the circumstances These reports provide clear overview of the crime situation in the country and enable TPF to be prepared in combating crime in 2015.

Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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