Reduction In Crime Since Ebola

By Garmonyou Wilson

Reports reaching this paper suggest that reported crime throughout the country since the surge of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has reduced with armed robbery, murder, rape, domestic violence, theft and assaults also on the gradual decrease since EVD came into the country late March of 2014.   Many attribute the decline to the measures that were put in place by the Liberian Government, especially in the restriction of movement by the citizenry during night hours.

However in some quarters the decline in all forms of crime could be attributed to the fear by many Liberians of contracting the virus.

“Now that the virus is declining in Liberia with curfew and schools to be reopened shortly; will this bring back crime activities?”

The police is to protect lives and properties therefore they are also in the fight against the Ebola virus to contain the virus so that the citizenry can return to normal economical activities.

The EVD that has currently affected some 20,000 people mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has also caused the death of over 8,000 persons.The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the LNP and other security agencies have all joined the fight against EVD.

The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has stated that the fight against EVD would be won with communities throughout the three most affected countries working in their communities to combat the deadly outbreak by following preventative measures put in place by health officials and changing various types of cultural behaviors that have the propensity to spread the virus.