Dar­ing thieves steal from po­lice sta­tion

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PO­LICE were left twid­dling their thumbs, af­ter dar­ing thieves van­dalised and stole cop­per ca­bles from right un­der their noses.

Po­lice have since reg­is­tered a case and are car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The thieves stole cop­per ca­bles from poles be­hind Ntabazin­duna Po­lice Train­ing De­pot, af­fect­ing some parts of the area as well as in Mbe­m­besi.

Mata­bele­land North provin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Siphiwe Makonese con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

“They stole cop­per ca­bles from seven poles about two months ago and some parts of Ntabazin­duna and Mbe­m­besi have been af­fected,” she said.

Chief Insp Makonese could not im­me­di­ately di­vulge the value and amount of the ca­bles stolen, say­ing ZETDC was yet to as­cer­tain the value and amount stolen. Chief Insp Makonese said fol­low­ing the theft a meet­ing was held be­tween the po­lice, Zim­babwe Power Com­pany (ZPC), TelOne and the Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe (NRZ) to de­lib­er­ate on mea­sures to re­duce cases of van­dal­ism and theft of cop­per ca­bles.

“We held a joint meet­ing about a fort­night ago with con­cerned stake­hold­ers to de­lib­er­ate on mea­sures to take on prevent­ing any fur­ther van­dal­ism and theft of cop­per ca­bles. Dur­ing the meet­ing it was dis­cussed that the Gov­ern­ment was tire­lessly and fran­ti­cally work­ing to­wards prevent­ing fur­ther theft.

“It was also dur­ing the meet­ing that we noted that the jus­tice sys­tem should im­pose higher penal­ties on per­pe­tra­tors. Other or­gan­i­sa­tions such as TelOne have con­sid­ered in­stalling alarm sys­tems to act as a de­ter­rent to crim­i­nals,” said Chief Insp Makonese.

She said it was also agreed to in­volve cop­per deal­ers in the fight against cop­per cable thefts.

“Theft of cop­per ca­bles has a harsh ef­fect on many sys­tems. Th­ese thieves are not aware that this in­fra­struc­ture was placed to de­velop the coun­try and sets the coun­try back by steal­ing ca­bles. Hos­pi­tals and lives are lost due to this, schools are af­fected, agri­cul­ture in terms of ir­ri­gation. There­fore we have come to terms with re­spon­si­ble stake­hold­ers to have spo­radic de­ploy­ments and pa­trols in ar­eas prone to van­dal­ism and theft. We will also be con­duct­ing manda­tory searches on ve­hi­cles at road­blocks,” added Chief Insp Makonese.

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