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Burglaries are on the increase

Burglaries are on the increase

Maria David

A TOTAL of seven cases of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft and one of armed robbery were recorded in the Oshana Region since the beginning of September.


The spokesperson for the Namibian Police in the Oshana Region, Thomas Aiyambo, said three cases were reported in Ongwediva, four in Oshakati and one case was reported in Ondangwa.


Aiyambo noted that the only case of robbery was reported in Ongwediva where the robbers managed to steal N$133 754 when they held up the staff at the Quendos Engine Service station between Elyambala and Ongwediva on Monday.


“During the incident the robbery suspects overpowered and employee of the service station. They removed the employee’s backpack which contained the large amount of cash after they punched him and dragged him on the ground,” he said.


Aiyambo stated that no recovery of the money or arrest was made thus far because the robbers are unknown.


According to Aiyambo, most of the items stolen during the burglaries are cell phones, laptops, a freezer and television sets. The total value of the stolen items is estimated to be N$331 461.


“No breakthrough was made thus far, and no recovery was made,” he said, adding that police investigations in all the cases are ongoing.


Aiyambo urged members of the public not to leave their house without notifying their neighbours.


“People should not leave valuable items including money in their vehicles. They should not keep large amounts of money in their homes. Money should rather be banked whenever possible,” Aiyambo cautioned.


He also cautioned business owners to use security companies to bank their cash for them and to report suspicious people in their vicinity.


According to Aiyambo unregistered vehicles that drive around without number plates should also be reported to the Namibian Police.


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