Oshana NamPol recovers stolen vehicles

16 Feb 2018 08:10am
OSHAKATI, 15 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshana Region recovered three Toyota Corolla sedans and a trailer which were reported stolen in the region over the last month.
The three cars have an estimated value of N.dollars 132 00, while a trailer is to the value of N.dollars 45 000.
The cars were stolen from the towns of Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa and were recovered in Angola (at Omufitu Wakeenamwene), Tsumeb and Ondangwa towns in Namibia.
They trailer, stolen at Oshakati, was recovered on 19 January in the Ongandjera Traditional District’s Onankandja, Omukondo-noshiluli areas in the Omusati Region.
Handing over the vehicles to the owners at Oshakati on Thursday, Commander of NamPol in the region, Rauha Amwele, reminded members of the public to take precautionary measures in order to fight together with the force the theft of motor vehicles in the region.
Amwele wants public members to take preventative measures such as the installation of alarm systems and immobilisers in their vehicles, the use of gear and steering locks as well as locking the doors of their yards to prevent theft of motor vehicles.
“Do not leave your car keys at the car wash. Criminals will go and make duplicate keys and follow you up to your house and come and steal your car at the later stage,” Amwele warned.
Regarding the used car dealers, Amwele said they should not hand over the cars to buyers before receiving the money or before verifying that a buyer has indeed deposited the money into their bank accounts.
“Do not leave strangers in the car, while the key is in the ignition as the stranger will steal the vehicle. Do not expose your cars to criminals and do not leave your car keys on tables and counters,” the Oshana NamPol Commander urged.
According to Amwele, it is evident that some of the cars are stolen to be taken for market in neighbouring Angola and others are sold in the country or scraped.
“We thank NamPol for working with the community to have our cars recovered,” said Lukas Michael, who spoke on behalf of the owners during the handover ceremony.