Kenyan Police Seized 98 Illegally Held Firearms in 2021: Report » Capital News

Nairobi, Kenya, May 6 – Security agencies repossessed 98 illegally owned firearms in 2021, up from 167 in 2020, a new report released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has revealed.

The 2022 economic study released on Thursday shows that of the total number of firearms recovered, 64 were rifles, 27 were pistols and 7 of the weapons recovered were toy guns.

According to the report, the number of firearms surrendered last year was 16 compared to 69 in 2020.

Police recovered 8,232 rounds of ammunition in 2021 compared to 3,878 recovered in 2020 according to KNBS.

“This was partly attributed to a particular major recovery that was carried out in September 2021 for the amount of 2,040 munitions,” the report read in part.

The report further revealed that the number of dangerous drugs seized increased from 10,909 kilograms in 2020 to 13,080 kilograms in 2021.

“The increase is attributed to the Presidential Directive on Alcohol and Illicit Drugs which led to the creation of a multi-agency team that conducted law enforcement operations across the country,” KNBS said.

KNBS said the total number of crimes reported to police across the country has increased by 16.7% over the past year, according to a new report.

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The survey indicates that the total number of crimes reported to law enforcement increased from 69,645 in 2020 to 81,272 in 2021.

The report revealed that the total number of people reported to the police for crimes related to dangerous drugs, criminal damage, economic crimes, corruption and offenses involving police officers increased by 42.5%, from 10 706 in 2020 to 15,255 in 2021.

According to KNBS, the total number of people reported to have committed robberies, burglaries and thefts increased by 34.6%, from 19,103 in 2020 to 25,721 in 2021, with theft accounting for the highest share to 47.3% of the total.

Those reported to have committed vehicle and other thefts, stock thefts, burglaries and thefts by servant increased by 65.2, 31.2, 23.4 and 19.9% ​​respectively.

Robbery cases fell 6.5% to 2,734 over the same period.

The report further indicates that the number of people reported to the police for crimes related to dangerous drugs, criminal damage, economic crimes, corruption and offenses involving police officers increased by 42.5%, from 10 706 in 2020 to 15,255 in 2021.