Crime Fighting in Akwa Ibom Communities since 1999
The increasing rate of crime in rural communities in Akwa Ibom state since 1999 resulted in a response by both formal and informal through human mechanisms to detect and prevent crimes in the state. The article, using mainly a qualitative approach, attempts to examine the functionalities of combined effort of police and people-oriented mechanisms and structures in fighting crime in the state. Findings indicate that high theft cases common in most thirty one local government communities of the state were combated using the mechanisms of vigilante, age grade groups and community policing. It also observed that the use of these mechanisms aided reduction and prevention of crime in the state since 1999. It concludes that effective control and crime prevention in Akwa Ibom communities is a function of increased police-public partnership.
Keywords: Akwa Ibom Communities, Vigilantism, Crime prevention, Community Policing, Youths