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Report: Youth in Nairobi, Kiambu lead in crime cases

By Mercy Simiyu November 18th, 2023 2 min read

You are more likely to be robbed in Nairobi and Kiambu counties compared to any other part of  Kenya.

This is according to a State of National Security report released earlier in the week.

The report indicates Nairobi takes the lead in reported crime-related cases, standing at 10,078, over the past year.

Theft cases are the most reported in the capital, at 2, 129.

Kiambu, which, incidentally, borders Nairobi comes in second with 9,242 reported cases.

Meru is third with 6,278 cases. Nakuru and Machakos Counties rank fourth and fifth, reporting 4,850 and 4,516 cases, respectively.

Mandera County, meanwhile, recorded the least cases of crimes at 323.

The latest annual security report released by President William Ruto covering the period between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2023, a concerning uptick in criminal activities has been revealed.

The data indicates a notable increase of 14,380 cases, marking a significant rise of 16.7 percent compared to the previous year, from 86,271 cases to 100,651 cases.

Of particular concern is the age group between 30 and 44 years, where the largest number of arrests for criminal activities was recorded.

This underscores the need for targeted interventions to address the rising crime rates within this demographic.

The reported increase in offenses during the specified period highlights a surge in general stealing by 32.9 percent, other Penal Code offenses by 24.3 percent, theft of stock by 23.2 percent, possession of dangerous drugs by 33.6 percent, and robbery with violence by 23.4 percent.

However, a decline was noted in 17 offenses, including a decrease of 5.7 percent in murder cases, 2 percent in creating disturbances, and 7.9 percent in arson.

While the majority of counties witnessed an increase in crime compared to the previous year, Nairobi County saw the highest surge, recording an increase of 1,944 cases or 22.4%. The report attributes this rise to the challenging global economic conditions exacerbated by widespread shutdowns in economic activities and disruptions in supply chains. As authorities grapple with these alarming statistics, there is a growing call for targeted strategies to address the root causes of the surge in criminal activities.

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