The police said crime reduced in Enugu in 2013.
The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it recorded 74 criminal cases in the state in 2013 as against 205 in 2012.
In a statement in Enugu on Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Ebere Amaraizu, gave the breakdown of the criminal cases to include 28 armed robberies and six kidnaps.
Others are 25 murders, 11 rapes and four arsons.
Mr. Amaraizu also said the command recovered 87 items, comprising of 69 arms and ammunition and 18 stolen vehicles as against 395 recorded in 2012.
He also said that the command arrested 155 suspects of various crimes in 2013 out of which 76 were prosecuted in courts as against 347 recorded in 2012.
Amaraizu attributed the reduction in crime in the state in 2013 to the “unrelenting efforts’’ of the command’s personnel as well as the existing partnership among other stakeholders.
He explained that the stakeholders included sister security agencies, neighbourhood watch groups, the media and the government and people of the state.
Mr. Amaraizu said the command would focus more on proactive policing and the introduction of more emergency call lines to enable the command reach out to members of the public in time of distress in the New Year.
He said the state’s Commissioner of Police, Adamu Mohammed, had restated the command’s commitment and readiness to partner with all relevant stakeholders in the state to make it safer in 2014.
Mr. Amaraizu also acknowledged the efforts of those that lost their lives in the course of duty and prayed for the repose of their souls.