The government’s decision to close down bars amid the Covid-19 pandemic has seen a decreased number of criminal activities in Tonota – a much needed breather for a change, according to station commander Oteng Ngada.
Since the beginning of the month, the village has been relatively quiet, with night crawlers nowhere to be seen. In fact, Tonota can go up to two days without recording a single case, something which is very unusual.
Ngada shared that unlike it had been the case in the pre-Covid-19 period, his station had recorded zero cases of rape and murder since the lockdown period began – something he described as pleasing. Their observation is that most criminal activities happen when people are under the influence of alcohol, with the ongoing ban on alcoholic beverages sales perhaps the necessary evil in helping combat crime. Criminals also take advantage of this and the late night movement of people to attack revellers and rob homes.
“We are impressed, there is not much to complain about, the closing down of sheebens and bars has put a stop to the idling and aimless roaming in the streets,” Ngada said.
He added that they have however charged seven individuals who decided to stubbornly brew traditional beer at their homes. They were each fined P1 000 and have since settled. Currently, they are disturbed by those who frequent shops and go out to check on their relatives. More than 50 he said, have been charged for breaking lockdown regulation since the 2nd April 2020.