The National government security agencies have heightened security operations in Awendo town, Migori County following increased incidences of insecurity.
Speaking during a security meeting at Awendo town, Migori County Commissioner David Gitonga, assured the residents that the security apparatus will increase security operations in the area to prevent any future insecurity incidents.
Gitonga however disclosed that security begins with an individual and urged the public to be watchdogs of security incidents to help the police in tackling the violators of insecurity.
The administrator also unveiled a 988 toll-free SMS service line dubbed “MULIKA UHALIFU” Which will be used by the public to inform the security agencies of any possible breaches.
“Migori is privileged to be the first County to launch a toll-free SMS service line in Kenya. All you will have to do is text the location of the crime any time of the day”, said Gitonga.
The free toll service is a safe space for public informers who remain anonymous reducing the risk of exposure of being attacked by the perpetrators.
Gitonga said that once the security agencies get sms notification they will act swiftly to curb the dangers in question.
He further called for cooperation between the public and the security agencies, requesting former security personnel to use their experience in helping the community achieve total security.
Migori County Police Commander Peter Kimani assured the residents that the police were working around the clock to ensure there is a conducive business environment for everyone.
He revealed that they had increased police patrol both day and night but recognised that it was only possible if cooperation between the public and the security agencies was heightened.
According to County Criminal Investigation Officer, Stephen Ole Tanki they have already napped two suspects who had been involved in the latest robbery.
He explained that one suspect was arrested in the neighbouring Kisii County while the other one was trailed to Tanzania. The two suspects are currently in custody at Migori police station awaiting trials.
Awendo residents led by Awendo Bodaboda Chairperson James Owino requested heightened security operations in the town. He urged the security team to increase the number of patrol officers to better operations.
Owino further called on the Bodaboda riders to follow the laws and always attach number plates on their motorcycles for easier identification.
He decried a new trend by some rogue Bodaboda riders who have often been associated with aiding criminals to terrorize innocent residents.