Crime & Investigation

Police Tips Public on Car Robbery

Uganda Police has tipped the general public on the factors that have contributed to the elevated rates of car theft in the capital Kampala and what needs to be done in order to curb the vice down.

In a statement released on Tuesday June 21st, this web the Police publicist Fred Enanga noted that “thefts of and from cars are for three purposes, sick temporary transportation, to strip the car of its valuable parts for sale and to resell it upon disguising it as a legitimate car.”

The advice comes following the rampant car thefts in the Kampala surburbs of Najjera, Kiwatule, Kigoowa, Kulambiro, Kisasi, Bahai, Kibuye-Gaba, Lukuli-Nanganda and Namasuba upper hill.

Enanga noted that among the factors that contribute to the thefts are; location, time, type of car and the items targeted for theft.

Explaining the vulnerability caused by the location, Enanga said that “Cars parked at single –family residences, on the streets and familiar neighborhoods are more likely to be targeted by criminals.”

“Thefts of and from cars in suburban areas generally occurs at night, when driving home, at main gate entrance or while parked in the yards, as well as the fact that darkness provides cover for the thieves. During day, parking lots are vulnerable to thefts because many people use them. In addition, some special events also draw large numbers of vehicles to an area thus generating high volume of thefts from cars,” Enanga’s statement read in part.

“In general, older models of cars are often stolen, more than recent models because fewer of them contain in-built, anti-theft devices and thieves learn that particular models of cars are easier to steal than others. The main emphasis is to understand the environmental settings in which the theft occur and design solutions.”

He suggested a number of ways in which the police can collaborate with the public to reduce the vice which included enforcement, effective response strategies, security and education.


Enanga suggested increasing police patrols, prosecuting offenders, using bait cars and tracking stolen goods to discourage thieves from selling them.

Effective response strategy:

Promoting sales cars with inbuilt security systems, Promoting securely – designed neighborhoods where the police work with developers and planners in the design of the neighborhood and Educating patrol officers about theft patterns supported by reliable data and knowledge. This enhances officers’ abilities to detect and prevent car crimes.


Improving lighting around homes and additional street lightings by local governments and urban authorities.

Removing vegetation and other cover to increase the chances of the thief’s discovery.

Installing and monitoring video surveillance to increase offenders’ perceived risks of apprehension when cameras are visibly placed.


Alerting car owners about theft problems and educating them about known risk factors and effective prevention.


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