The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says Chitungwiza district recorded a seven percent increase in crime in the period 2015 to 2016.

More than 30 000 cases were recorded in 2015 while 32 365 cases were recorded in 2015.

Addressing officers, the community and other stakeholders at a belated end of year party held in Chitungwiza recently, the Officer Commanding Harare Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Elias Mvere said assault, unlawful entry and theft cases increased.

On the positive side, cases which decreased include theft of motor vehicles which  fell by 33 percent, rape by 4 percent, indecent assault dropped by 61 percent while domestic violence cases decreased by 11 percent.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Mvere also called for unity of purpose in the elimination of crime in the country hailing the crime consultative committee and business against crime forum for their efforts in assisting the force Chitungwiza.

The ZRP has also adopted community policing in order to involve members of the public as well as corporate world in the prevention and management of crime.