The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has pledged to step up its fight against crime in Nhwali Gwanda south following complaints by community members over the increase in cases of stock theft, robbery and assault in the area.

Following a report carried by the ZBC News where some community members in Nhwali Gwanda south have been left with permanent injuries due to an increase in assault and robbery cases, ZRP senior officers visited the area to have an appreciation of the obtaining situation.

The villagers told the police that they were living in fear as the area has become a no go area at night while others bitterly complained that they are losing livestock on a daily basis to known cattle rustlers.

Officer Commanding police in Beitbridge district, Chief Superintendent Francis Phiri said despite the picture painted by the community very few cases are reported to the police.

According to the police, statistics show that there has been a reduction in cases of cattle rustling, with 12 cases having been reported between November 2015 and April 2016 compared to 6 cases recorded between November 2016 and April 2017.

Other cases of concern in the area include domestic violence and drug abuse.