BUSINESS people are urged to ensure thorough vetting of employees for criminal records before hiring them as well as put employee monitoring mechanisms in place.
Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) spokesperson, Detective Assistant Inspector Portia Chinho said this following numerous reports being investigated by the department.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police, Criminal Investigation Department would like to warn the public who own motor vehicles to ensure that they exercise due diligence and secure their vehicles,” said Detective Chinho.
“Motor vehicles are being stolen through various methods of operation ranging from negligently leaving keys on ignition or leaving strangers in the car that are either picked as commuters or at a beer drink.
“Some are being stolen whilst parked at residential places and others through robbery.
“It has been noted that, in some of the cases employees are stealing from employers after conniving with criminals.
“One such incident is where a 23 year-old suspect who is employed as a security guard at a car sale in Harare stole keys to one of the motor vehicles and drove the Hyundai IX35, hatchback.
“The car sale owner discovered the offence prompting him to make a police report and detectives received information to the effect that the suspect was in possession of the stolen vehicle.
“Investigations led to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of the motor vehicle at his rural home in Musana, Mashonaland Central.
“The police would like to urge motorists, car sale dealers and owners of car parks to ensure that car keys are kept safe.
“Members of the public should also avoid picking and leaving strangers in their cars and should remove keys from ignition port if going out of the vehicle, fit anti-hijack systems and install vehicle tracking systems where possible,” said Detective Chinho.