False re­ports worry po­lice

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide - Nqo­bile Tshili Chronicle Cor­re­spon­dent

PO­LICE in Bu­l­awayo have said there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of res­i­dents mak­ing false re­ports as a way of con­ceal­ing their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

This emerged yes­ter­day dur­ing the launch of a crime aware­ness cam­paign led by provin­cial crime preven­tion of­fi­cer Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Mar­shal Dube.

Speak­ing dur­ing the cam­paign, Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said most of the false re­ports were com­ing from mem­bers of burial so­ci­eties.

“We’ve noted with con­cern the in­crease in the num­ber of false re­ports be­ing made by mem­bers of the public. Most of th­ese false re­ports are made by mem­bers of burial so­ci­eties who would have used monies of the as­so­ci­a­tions and re­al­is­ing that they would be in trou­ble they make th­ese re­ports,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

He said in most cases, po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions ex­pose the re­ports to be false .

Asst Insp Ncube said the crime aware­ness cam­paign was driven by the re­al­i­sa­tion that mem­bers of the public needed to be ed­u­cated to se­cure their prop­er­ties.

He said the fact that prop­erty worth over $2 mil­lion was stolen in the city be­tween April and June called for cor­rec­tive mea­sures to be taken.

“We’ve noted with con­cern the in­crease in num­ber of theft in vehicles. Thieves have also be­come so­phis­ti­cated and take ad­van­tage of tech­nolo­gies to com­mit theft in vehicles,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

“As po­lice we want to en­cour­age mem­bers of the public to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­tec­tion of their prop­er­ties. We’re go­ing to be con­duct­ing this cam­paign pe­ri­od­i­cally. We’re start­ing in the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict where most of th­ese crimes are be­ing com­mit­ted.”

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