Whether crime is up or down depends on what kind of crime, what the comparison is to, and where you’re counting crimes.
Nigeria should consider embracing a decentralised policing system as community mobilisation during COVID lockdown ensured law and order.
The country is still a very different political space. It’s a noisy democracy with a free media, lots of dissenting voices, and insulting the government doesn’t carry any overt sanction.
Increasing police patrols won’t solve South Africa’s high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.