Uganda Police release 2020 crime report
Police released the annual crime report for the year 2020, 195,931 crimes were reported in total, an 8.9 per cent decline. FILE PHOTO

The Uganda Police has released its annual crime report for 2020, showing a total of 195,931 crimes reported last year.

The Uganda Police has released an annual crime report showing that a total of 195,931 crime cases were reported last year in 2020.

In a statement dated 19th April 2021, Martin Okoth Ochola the Inspector General of Police said the report follows the 2019 crime report detailing the crime trend, patterns and ratios of crime and population taking into account the contemporary challenges and efforts by the Uganda Police Force to reduce crime generally towards a safe and crime-free society.

He indicated that from the year 2020, there was an 8.9% decrease in the volume of crimes reported to Police from 215,224 cases reported in 2019 to 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020.

“Generally, in the year 2020, there was 8.9% decrease in the volume of crimes reported to Police from 215,224 cases reported in 2019 to 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020,” Ochola said

“There was also a 4.7% reduction in the number of traffic accidents reported in 2020 from 12,858 accidents reported in 2019 to 12,249 accidents reported in 2020. On the contrary, in terms of Fire and Rescue emergencies, there was a 1.6% increase in incidents handled, from 999 incidents handled in 2019 to 1,015 handled in 2020.”

Ochola however, noted with caution that the statistics in the report have been greatly influenced by several factors including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent lockdown of some sectors. Anti-Crime infrastructure such as the CCTV Cameras. Community co-operation and the continuous sensitization and the electioneering period.”

Focusing ahead, Ochola added that despite all the challenges, the police hopes to continue addressing all elements of discipline, corruption, poor customer care and human rights abuse amongst some of our officers. 

Secondly, as our country evolves and grows in science and technologies, he said the Police Force too must adapt to these developments and take on roles that reflect the changing values and expectations of the society we seek to protect. 

“This therefore, entails constant training and equipping of our personnel with more advanced knowledge, proper attitude and tools to fight crime.”

“On a special note, I take this opportunity to register my appreciation to H.E. The President of the Republic of Uganda who initiated the Anti- crime infrastructure, continuously guided and supported the Uganda Police Force in fighting crime,” the IGP added thanking the police officers for their tremendous work in fighting crime.