(Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – The Zimbabwe Republic Police has intensified it’s patrols and deployed officers in various areas across the country in a bid to curb acts of crime during the festive period.
During the festive holidays, the country usually experiences a sharp increase of crime-related acts such as robbery, murders and road accidents usually caused by negligent driving.
However, the ZRP boss Commissioner General Godwin Matanga has issued a stern warning to the public to be cautious not to be caught on the wrong side of the law.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Polices takes note that the festive season is characterised by a lot of movement as the volume of traffic increases on the roads. Zimbabweans normally take this opportunity to visit relatives, friends and engage in various social activities. Of particular interest is the issue of road traffic accidents which take centre stage during this period.
“It is sad to note that most road traffic accidents during the festive season are caused by speeding, drunk driving, misjudgement, overtaking errors, failure to observe traffic rules and regulations and mechanical faults. Motorists must therefore ensure that vehicles are roadworthy before embarking on journeys and avoid using worn-out tyres, especially during this rainy season.
“In this regard, the Police will ensure that deployments are conducted along highways, residential areas, industrial and Central Business Districts. Police officers will conduct foot and motorised patrols on all major roads and feeder roads, checking for wanted persons, moving criminals and those who move around with stolen property,” said Matanga.
Covid-19 pandemic adds further headaches to the law enforcement agents as it brings the need to ensure that citizens adhere to the lockdown restrictions during a period where most want to gather in crowds and enjoy.
Therefore, Matanga also implored the public to observe all the measures that have been put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 which include wearing face masks, sanitizing, keeping social distance and avoid large gatherings.
He further asked the public make sure their property is secure to avoid theft cases.
“The police also urges the public not to move around with large sums of money or keep such amounts at home or business premises to curtail robbery cases. The public is advised to bank money with financial institutions and only keep smaller amounts for day to day use. The police will ensure that the law will take it’s course on all criminal elements during this holiday.”