POLICE HELP TOBACCO FARMERS
14 May 2018
POLICE carried crime awareness campaigns at various tobacco auction floors throughout their community relations and liaison officers following an increase in robbery and theft cases reported since the beginning of tobacco sales.
Provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Simon Chazovachii who was leading the campaigns confirmed the reports saying a Karoi farmer lost 8 tobacco bales worth $1500 on her way to Boost Africa along Chitungwiza Road.
“Police are carrying crime awareness campaigns at various tobacco auction floors in Harare following robbery and theft cases reported since the beginning of tobacco season,” said Ass Insp Chazovachii.
“One recent case reported involves a Karoi farmer who lost 8 tobacco bales after an unknown accused person jumped into their truck and threw the bales out and went away unnoticed along new Chitungwiza Road.
“The matter was reported at Southlea Park and investigations are in progress.
“Police are urging farmers to ferry their tobacco during the day and strictly monitor their bales as they queue at auction floors and not to entertain unscrupulous buyers as they queue at auction floors.
“Some farmers lost their money after they were duped by disclosing their bank personal identity card numbers when they were offered cash.
“Farmers must not place their national identity cards together with their bank cards since the thieves will easily get their PIN as they try to match their date of birth and the PIN.
“They must not associate with strangers at the auction floors since not all people there are farmers and avoid friends including girlfriends offering some of them accommodation,” said Ass-Insp Chazovachii.
NINE pedestrians were killed last week as compared to 12 who died the previous week in road traffic accidents country wide.
Deputy national police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said police are appealing to motorists to respect the sanctity of life since some of the reported cases are hit and runs, some involving minor children.
“We are appealing to motorists especially Kombi drivers who are speeding, failing to observe traffic lights and other road rules to value people’s lives,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
“Of concern are that young children and the elderly people – who are some of the pedestrians killed for the past two weeks and the number has reduced to nine from 12 pedestrians killed last week.
“We are urging parents to accompany their children in crossing roads and help our elderly people as well,” he said.
On murder cases, Chief Supt Nyathi said the number of cases reported was reduced to seven this week from nine cases reported last week.
The murder cases reported are emanating from domestic violence and fight from differences at beer binges and bars.
“Police are appealing to members of the public to resolve their differences amicably or engage elders whenever they had a misunderstanding.
“To those operating bars we are urging them to adhere to the Liquor Licence Act and also spread the message of peace and tolerance,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
Meanwhile, police are expected to unveil properties they recovered on Thursday at Harare Central police station.
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