Crime rate in Uganda dropped by 5% in 2018 – Police Report

Crime rate in Uganda dropped by 5% in 2018 - Police Annual Report
According to the Annual Crime report 2018, Crime rate in Uganda dropped by 5%

The 2018 Police crime report has revealed that crime rate in Uganda decreased by 5% compared to 2017.

Launched by Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola on Monday, the report shows 238,746 cases were registered by Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) in 2018 compared to 252,065 cases recorded in 2017.

The IGP Ochola pointed out some of the murders in 2018 like that of Susan Magara, shooting dead of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and former Buyende District DPC ASP Muhammad Kirumira.

Ochola said police arrested most of the suspects in the homicide cases except the case of Abiriga.
CID director Grace Akullo said out of 238,746 cases registered by her directorate, 73,035 were charged in court compared to 66,626 prosecutions in 2017.

Akullo added that 90763 cases committed in 2018 are still under investigations compared to 105017 in 2017.
Convictions in 2018 were 22,263, while 18,961 in 2017, at least 1,248 suspects were acquitted in 2018, dismissals stood at 11,121 compared to 9,613 in 2017.

Akullo said 38,425 cases are still pending in court in addition to 36,633 cases that were shifted from 2017.
The Police report shows more men have committed crime with 79,083 being prosecuted in 2018 compared to 69,153 arraigned in court in 2017.

IGP Ochola’s full speech at the launch of the Annual Crime Report 2018

I am pleased to present to you the Annual Crime and Traffic/Road Safety Report for the year 2018. Let me begin by expressing appreciation to H.E The President of the Republic of Uganda for the strategic guidance towards the fight against crime and for the establishment of anti-crime infrastructure such as installation of CCTV cameras, finger printing of guns, recruitment of LDUs among others.

I also like to thank the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Government of Uganda for the continued support in helping the Police protect and serve Ugandans. Appreciation goes to Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs for their support on the implementation of CCTV project. We acknowledge and commend the continued positive contribution by sister security agencies.

We also commend the contribution by the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) institutions as well as other development partners for the complementary efforts in fighting crime.

We applaud the vigilance of the population, in general, for their continued invaluable support to augment the efforts of the Police. I also thank Police Management, Men and Women of the Uganda Police Force for their tireless efforts in making our country safe and secure.


The year 2018 saw a decrease in the volume of crime by 5.2%, where 238,746 cases were registered compared to 252,065 cases registered in 2017. Cases taken to court in 2018 were 73,035. Of these, 22,263 cases secured convictions, 1,248 cases were acquitted while 90,763 cases were still under inquiry by the end of the year. There was however increase in Homicide, Sex Related Crimes, Breakings, Robbery, Political/Media crimes and Narcotic cases. The year also saw unfortunate incidences in which Susan Magara and 15 others were kidnapped and Murdered, Killing of Hon Abiriga Ibrahim, ASP Kirumira Muhammad and Dr. Gwaluka Ibrahim who were shot dead by organised gang of criminals. We are however happy to note that, the criminals involved in these acts have been arrested and committed to High Court for trial, save for the case of Hon. Abiriga Ibrahim.

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I urge the public to desist from taking the law into their hands and instead hand over suspects to Police. Murder as a result of mob action increased by 5.5% from the year 2017.


There was a 7.3% decrease in fire emergencies handled by Police. This is attributed to increased fire safety sensitization and public awareness campaigns throughout the year 2018. I still urge the public to desist from making false calls to Police about fire incidents.

There were 34 false calls made in 2018.


There was a 3.0% reduction in the number of crashes reported in 2018. Fatal crashes however increased by 4.7% and serious crashes reduced by 6.8%.

We shall continue with our road safety programs targeting major causes of accidents such as over speeding, drunk driving and incompetent drivers. Improving road safety is, ultimately, a joint effort between the community and the Police. Once again, I extend my appreciation to the public, JLOS institutions and all other partners for the complementary efforts in fighting crime.

I urge you all to continue supporting the Uganda Police Force to fulfill its mandate. My appreciation also goes to the Director CID and the CID management for the supervisory role they played in coming up with the 2018 Annual Crime Report My appreciation also goes to SSP Suwed Asuman, Ag CP Crime Data management and his team at CID Headquarters as well as all the UPF records personnel throughout the country that put this work together as we protect and serve Ugandans I once again call upon all Ugandans to keep up the spirit of joining hands with the Police in the fight against crime to ensure a crime free society.

For God and My Country

JM Okoth – Ochola (Esq) Inspector General of Police

Annual Crime Report 2018.