The Motor Vehicle Theft Unit at Serious Crime Squad has said that the Toyota RunX has become the most preferred target of car thieves.
Detective Superintendent Phenyoetsile Nnanaakoko of the Serious Crimes Squad told The Telegraph on Monday that, “we have now discovered another new trend in motor vehicles theft; criminals are now targeting the RunX model.”
He appealed to car owners to ensure that they use steering wheel lock at all times as a means of curbing car theft due to the escalating motor vehicles theft in the country.
The police’s concerns come after they recorded 62 motor vehicles cases of car thefts since the beginning of the year.
Gaborone West and Mogoditshane are described as the hot spots.
Nnanaakoko said they have not yet established the reason why criminals are targeting the RunX model, but added the rate at which the model is stolen is alarming.
The Stolen vehicles are then smuggled out of the country to countries where prices have proved lucrative, he said.
Most of the recorded 62 motor vehicles that have already been stolen since the beginning of this year were stolen in residential houses at night while few of them are been hijacked at gun point.
“My worry is the fact that our recovery rate is very low because out of the 62 that have been stolen we managed to recover about 25 vehicles which is quite worrying,” Nnanaako said.
He said most of the vehicles that have been recovered were as a result of the tracker system that is installed in them as compared to those which have no such a device.
However Nnanaakoko stated that they are following a particular criminal syndicate whose formation include locals, South African as well as Zimbabwean nationals that is terrorizing car owners in Gaborone.
“I am optimistic that with our intelligence on the ground we will be able to crack the criminal syndicate in a short space of time,” he said.
“We have deployed our personnel on the ground especially at the border post and along the boundary line along neighboring countries to try and put the situation under control,” he added.
Nnanaakoko appealed to the car owners to go back to the old system where vehicles were locked using a steering wheel lock known as “gorilla.”