Crime Alert during 2019 Tobacco sales
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19TH MARCH 2019
The Zimbabwe Republic Police implores members of the public to be alert, especially farmers and transporters as the 2019 Tobacco Selling season opens with effect from 20th March 2019.
During the 2018 tobacco marketing season, several cases which include armed robbery, plain robbery, theft from car, fraud cases involving card cloning, mobile cash transactions, feja feja / chadonha, forgery and uttering, pickpocket were recorded. Farmers should take note that there are organised criminals who take advantage of the increase in human and vehicular traffic to commit offences by duping unsuspecting traders and tobacco farmers. Some farmers have also fallen victim when they entertained ladies of the night, who ended up fleecing them of their moneys and in some instances, work in cahoots with other criminals and end up attacking them.
Farmers are urged not to entertain strangers and to safeguard their hard earned produce as well as proceeds from sales. They should hire reputable transporters and also avoid travelling at night. The Zimbabwe Republic Police has deployed police officers at the Auction floors and all trading places to ensure that law and order is maintained. Members of the public should feel free to report any suspicious characters to the police for the law to take its course.
(NYATHI P.) Assistant Commissioner
Acting Chief Staff Officer [Press, Public and International Relations]
To the Commissioner General of Police
Police General Headquarters