Cases of housebreaking are on the rise in Bulawayo while theft from motor vehicle cases have fallen.
This was revealed by Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube in an interview with the Chronicle. He said:
Between the months of January and July in 2018, we received reports of 2 280 cases of unlawful entry and housebreaking.
The number shot to 2 391 cases in 2019. We, therefore, realised a 110 per cent increase.
In 2018 we attended to 1 279 cases of theft from motor vehicles between January and July. However, the number has gone down to 972 cases within the same period this year.
At this time I cannot give an exact figure on the number of people arrested in connection with the cases.
However, what I can state is that for most of the cases, arrests have been made with positive identification and some people have even recovered stolen property.
Assistant Inspector Ncube commended citizens for helping police by volunteering information.
He also advised members of the public to secure homes, cars and other property and to stay on the lookout for suspicious activity. He added:
We encourage residents to secure properties and to be alert for any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.
Report strangers who mill around aimlessly in your area. We encourage the public to keep on sharing information with us as it helps us to unravel a lot of cases.
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