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Kenya's civil society decries rising crime trend

NAIROBI, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's civil society which tracks crime levels on Tuesday decried the rising crime in the country that is affecting community safety.

Usalama Reforms Forum CEO Irene Oloo told a security forum in Nairobi that there has not been a change in crime detections framework in the country over the past 70 years.

"As a result, crime is almost 30 times its level per 100,000 of population when compared to 1963, with most victims being in urban areas," Oloo said during the launch of an audit report on crime management.

Usalama Forum is an umbrella civil society organization that works with national and local actors in the justice and security sectors.

Oloo said the government should develop capacity and procedures to provide timely response to crime incidents. "Crime will be reduced through contemporary policing strategies that target repeat offenders," she said, adding that criminal intelligence offers the law enforcement community a coherent rational methodology in dealing with crime.

"In order to achieve positive results, we need a law enforcement environment that views intelligence as a precondition to effective policing rather than as supplement," Oloo said.

She urged the intelligent community to improve its capabilities in order to prevent the terror attacks.

"Globalization and the technology have removed borders and this has increased the threat of violence," the civil society official said.

The author of the report Charles Otieno said the average rate of crime detection by the police service is 20 percent. "While 80 percent of all reported crimes were committed by less than 45,000 offenders," he said.

Otieno noted that organized crime is one of the greatest threats to community safety and national security.

"Nearly 800,000 Kenyans are victims of the organized crime annually, while 2,000 deaths every year are linked to serious and organized crime," he said.

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