Police warn of surge in armed robberies

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned of a sharp increase in muggings around the Second Street and Churchill Avenue area in Harare.

ZRP Avondale Police Station said in a notice: “We advise all citizens, residents, pedestrians and or motorists passing through Second Street and Churchill right up to Teviotdale Road and Churchill, all areas and roads surrounding the University of Zimbabwe that there has been a huge upsurge in muggings, smash and grabs too. We lost a suspect yesterday in the thick UZ bushes but we assure the public that we are on it.”

This comes just after police spokesperson Charity Charamba warned of armed robbers targeting travellers in Beitbridge and Zvishavane.

According to an alert, police have responded to several robberies, all within those two areas.

This comes as the economy is collapsing, with critical shortages of cash, and the price of everyday goods shooting up, and government is launching a crackdown on vending.

In the crimes, hitchhikers are picked up and before reaching their destination, the robbers pull a gun on the passengers, and seize personal property, authorities said.

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