Police in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare are worried about an increase in motor vehicle thefts.
This week alone, Harare recorded six cases of theft from motor vehicles and theft of motor vehicles by a syndicate of thieves believed to be using signal jammers to disable vehicle central locking systems and tracking sensors.
On Wednesday, a Harare man Lucky Muzondiwa lost his motor vehicle at Steelmate company premises to thieves who stole the vehicle while he was in the shop.
“He left the vehicle idling and proceeded to the offices. When he returned to the parking site within a few minutes he failed to locate his motor vehicle.” said acting Harare provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Webster Dzvova.
Assistant Inspector Dziva said police are worried and are appealing to members of the public to ensure that they upgrade their vehicle security systems.
“Members of the public must also avoid leaving valuables in their vehicles as they tend to attract thieves,” he said.
In another incident, a Harare woman, Kudakwashe Muguragumbo parked her Toyota Belta vehicle at Avondale shops to do some shopping.
When she came back she found that the rear left quarter glass of her vehicle had been smashed with an unknown object. The unknown culprit stole two POS machines, two POS chargers, a smart watch, and HP Laptops.
The total value of stolen items was US$900-00.