13 Oct 2015 15:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 13 OCT (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Erongo Region have advised Chinese employers to take photographs of their employees and keep clear records of their identification documents and residential addresses.
This will assist the police to easily identify persons when investigating alleged theft.
Regional Commander, Commissioner Samuel //Hoebeb and his deputy, Andreas Nelumbu gave this advice to Chinese employers during a meeting in Walvis Bay on Monday.
The meeting was called by the police to discuss ways on how to stop crime against Chinese nationals in Walvis Bay, in particular, and the region as a whole.
Stop employing people you have no clear records of. In most cases, it is such people who come back to steal from you when they are no longer working there, said //Hoebeb.
Nelumbu added that often employees would spy on their employers and inform their friends where valuables are kept so that those friends can steal it.
If you have pictures of such people, we are able to recognise and arrest them. We can also tell you if they have criminal records so that you do not employ them, he stated.
Some Chinese employers at the meeting mentioned more than 10 unregistered cases of robberies and aggravated assaults committed against them and their friends in the past two months.
It is a dangerous and a serious situation; we are being robbed almost every day. A few days ago, four of my friends were robbed and badly beaten here in Walvis Bay. We want protection from the police, said Zhang Yan Xing.
Hoebeb expressed disappointment in the fact that the cases were not reported to the police and encouraged everyone to report crimes.
Some noted that they do not report robberies to the police because the value of money or items stolen from them is small.
Others said the police take long to show up at crime scenes.
Nelumbu said the police are always on time and when they happen to be late it is not deliberate.
The police further advised the Chinese nationals not to carry large amounts of money on them, and to hide expensive items such as laptops and cameras.
Hoebeb said he wants to improve communication with Chinese nationals in the region in order to reduce crimes against them.
He added that the police are always ready to protect everyone in Namibia.
About 40 representatives from the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) branch at Walvis Bay; China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), which is working on the container terminal here; and the New Era Construction Company attended the meeting.