Fight­ing crime is all-in­clu­sive

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OVER the past two months res­i­dents in Mutare’s af­flu­ent suburbs have fallen prey to a no­to­ri­ous gang of ma­chete wield­ing armed robbers who are break­ing into houses and steal­ing prop­erty.

The cun­ning crim­i­nals are hack­ing vic­tims with ma­chetes and other dan­ger­ous weapons at their dis­posal.

Sev­eral peo­ple have since been hos­pi­talised from se­vere in­juries sus­tained in the mid­night at­tacks.

As the at­tacks in­creased by the day, res­i­dents lived in con­stant fear as they did not know where and when the robbers would pounce next.

Else­where in this is­sue we carry a re­fresh­ing story in which some of the sus­pected crim­i­nals were ar­rested fol­low­ing a night club fight with sex work­ers at a drink­ing spot in the city cen­tre.

The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the ar­rest of these sus­pected crim­i­nals were the main­stay of pub­lic dis­course since Mon­day morn­ing. Many are op­ti­mistic that de­tec­tives will dig deep into the case and put an end to a vice that was rav­aging fam­i­lies.

What trou­bled many was the ruth­less­ness the crim­i­nals ex­hib­ited while per­pe­trat­ing the break-ins. Apart from loot­ing prop­erty, the crim­i­nals raped some of the vic­tims in the full glare of chil­dren or part­ners.

Such ac­tions will for­ever leave scars that will tor­ment fam­i­lies for a long time to come and rig­or­ous coun­selling is re­quired to steady the vic­tims and their rel­a­tives.

The ar­rest of the sus­pects is sweet news and the pub­lic is closely fol­low­ing how this case will end.

On an­other note, res­i­dents hope that de­tec­tives will soon ac­count for the out­stand­ing ac­com­plices who are on the run.

The pub­lic is con­vinced that if, in­deed, the cops ap­pre­hended the right sus­pects, it’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore the long arm of the law catches up with the fugi­tives.

Those ar­rested will surely pro­vide lead­ing ev­i­dence that will en­able the ar­rest of the fugi­tives.

The break-ins that these sus­pects al­legedly mas­ter­minded must act as a re­minder to res­i­dents of the need to up se­cu­rity at home in the face of in­creas­ing crimes.

With the fes­tive sea­son around the cor­ner, vices of this na­ture will sur­face and res­i­dents must put their act to­gether and pro­tect fam­i­lies and homes.

This also calls on the part of the po­lice to come up with pre­ven­tive mea­sures to curb crime. The is­sue of night pa­trols is para­mount.

Po­lice of­fi­cers must be ad­e­quately re­sourced to carry out these pa­trols around dark spots and trou­ble ar­eas si­t­u­ated at the pe­riph­ery of the city.

Neigh­bour­hood watch com­mit­tees must be re­ac­ti­vated as they as­sist the po­lice to pa­trol lo­ca­tions at night.

The sub­se­quent ban of car­ry­ing dan­ger­ous weapons by po­lice in Mutare Cen­tral District fol­low­ing the deadly break-ins is in or­der.

That or­der, which has a life span of three months, will help min­imise cases re­lated to the use of deadly weapons.

The iden­tity of the fugi­tive crim­i­nals is now known and mem­bers of the pub­lic must come for­ward and pro­vide the po­lice with de­tails that help with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

These crim­i­nals live in the com­mu­nity. It is the duty of mem­bers of the pub­lic to un­mask them and re­port their where­abouts to the cops.

Fight­ing crime is a con­certed ef­fort.

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