Crime soars as economy worsens

HARARE - Suburban crime, especially house burglaries, has hit the roof over the past few years as the Zimbabwean economy and the unacceptably high joblessness among the populace continue to worsen.

This has now prompted stretched police to call on members of the public to take stronger measures to secure their property and to purchase goods such as television sets from reputable shops to enable them to follow up cases more successfully in the event of theft.

Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said yesterday that there was a worrying spate of burglaries in Harare’s residential areas by hardened criminals who were wreaking havoc as residents slept.

Although this trend had started in the capital, these unacceptable crimes were now spreading to other towns around the country.

He said the criminals were targeting valuables such television sets, telephones and satellite decoders, as well as essentials such as groceries and clothes.

As a result, the Zimbabwe Republic Police was appealing to the public for information which could lead to the arrest of the syndicates who were targeting certain residential areas in Harare and other parts of the country to commit the crimes.

Reports say some of the worst hit areas in Harare were suburbs such as Hillside, Cranborne and Braeside.

Residents and law enforcement agencies suspect that many of the criminals come from the Epworth area.

The criminals' modus operandi is to pounce on house occupants while they are fast asleep.

Statistics indicate that crime in urban centres around the country has been on the increase in recent years.

Information released by police in September last year reveals that 1 876 juveniles and 918 adults were raped in the six months between January and July 2013, while 2 064 juveniles and 946 adults were raped during the same period in 2014.

On the other hand, ZRP Support Unit arrested 79 704 offenders in 2014 compared to 39 091 for the same period in 2013, translating to a 100 percent increase in arrests.

Comments (14)

Well done Robert Gabriel Mugabe for empowering the majority of Zimbabweans. The fruits are now coming. Why work for others if you just get and own things for free? Sankara woye!!

selele - 2 February 2015

Hungry...doctors are shoplifting, lawyers are abusing trust funds, churches are mushrooming, buyers are corrupt, policemen collecting money from transport businesses, etc etc...worse things to come. Well done ZANU PF

Garikayi - 2 February 2015

A rich man in a black suit, polished shoes, perfum and glittering forehead in Zimbabwe does not represent the leadership we need now. We need real economic worriors who are prepared to roll shirt sleeves, exchange comfort with hands-on jobs and LEAD by example. Sankara woye!!

selele - 2 February 2015

We are old things are normal in Zimbabwe. This is normal for ZANU PF. I wish Masipula Sithole was still alive to witness the trend that he has foreseen and called it "normalising the abnormal"

Beta Dhliwayo - 2 February 2015

And you see some people defending and worshipping ZANU and Mugabe? Sorry maningi

MarkUNO - 2 February 2015

No surprise here. . . .95% of retarded Zimbabweans have stolen something by the age of six. .. . .100% of Zanu pf cadres have committed a serious crime by the age of ten. . . . . . . .The Zanu pf hierarchy rely on this qualification to deploy their senior comrades to higher office. . . . Look at the track record of the current heroes for proof.

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