Highest Crime Rates Recorded In Populous Counties, Report Shows

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The latest security statistics show that the wealthiest counties in Kenya account for the highest number of crimes recorded nationally.

Reports indicate that one is likely to be murdered or robbed in Murang’a, Meru, Kiambu, Bungoma, Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Machakos, Uasin Gishu and Kisii counties.

The aforementioned counties have according to police reports reported 36,942 cases of 77,992 cases which translates into 47% of reported crimes.

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There was also a rise in crime recorded in Machakos and Nairobi. Surprisingly, these populous counties receive the largest portion of the national budget; Sh86.5 Billion of Sh314 Billion.

Embu, Trans Nzoia and Kitui counties were also listed as some of the counties with a high crime rate, in a report released in April.

In 2017, the report shows, there was a marginal increase in crimes including corruption, drugs, homicide, robbery and economic offenses.

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It was also noted that Kakamega county recorded the highest drop in crime rates with a drop of 798 cases.

A quarterly crime report released by the police on Monday also indicated that there was an increase in the number of crimes reported compared to 2017.

“The first quarter of 2018 there were 21, 263 cases reported to the police compared to 19,815 cases reported to police in a similar period in 2017. This was an increase of 1448 cases or 7% from what was reported last year,” the report read in part.

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In the first quarter of 2018, the report notes that there were ‘remarkable decreases in the homicide, theft by servant and offenses involving police officers’ categories.

It also points out that at least 33 officers have been killed in the line of duty with at least 2 committing suicide.

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