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Armed robberies decline in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter
31 Oct 2023 at 05:41hrs | Views
The police attribute the successful containment of armed robbery cases, primarily targeting businesses, to the coordinated efforts of law enforcement agencies and the public.

In 2021, the Zimbabwe Republic Police established a specialized tactical unit to combat the increasing incidents of armed robberies throughout the country. During this period, law enforcement agencies expressed concerns regarding the use of firearms by security companies in the transportation of cash, uncovering instances where toy guns were employed, and certain cash-in-transit vehicles deemed unsuitable for such tasks.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, in an interview, emphasized that improvements in terms of resources, including vehicles provided by the President and support from corporate entities willing to assist in fighting armed robberies, have enabled the police crack teams to tackle these criminal cases effectively. As a result, some of the cases are now progressing through the legal system.

Assistant Comm Nyathi also acknowledged the valuable cooperation between the public and the police, which has led to the exposure of criminal syndicates operating across the country. These syndicates, originating from places like Harare, Gweru, and Beitbridge, would commit crimes, escape to neighboring countries such as South Africa, and return for subsequent heists. With the assistance of public information, the police are confident that these suspects will be apprehended.

Furthermore, Assistant Comm Nyathi highlighted that coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage has led to improved operations by private security providers. He reiterated the importance of security companies reviewing their training procedures and the methods employed for cash-in-transit operations.

In conclusion, he encouraged security firms to seek expertise and support from the police, emphasizing their readiness to assist in enhancing security operations.

Source - The Chronicle