Botswana: No system to deal with gun crime

The Commissioner of Police in Gaborone, Thebeyame Tsimako, says the use of illegal arms in criminal activities has increased in Botswana but the lack of a database of registered weapons is hindering police efforts to deal with the situation.

A recent report concluded that there is a pressing need for the introduction of a database to document legally owned firearms at the police Central Arms Registry. “This will assist in the investigation of crime and monitoring of permits and licences. The absence of a database means that verification of licences is not up to date and time consuming to reply to enquiries from police stations and other stakeholders,” the report says.

via Mmegi Online, 10 Dec 2009