POLICE on the Copperbelt have shot dead five dangerous criminals in Ndola’s industrial area, Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga has said. The five were among six men who broke into Bollera Logistics.
And crime has reduced notably since Zambia effected various restrictions as anti-coronavirus measures, police spokesperson Esther Katongo has said.
On the shooting, Mrs Katanga said in an interview that the incident happened when the criminals attacked a security guard and broke into the company premises. She said the six men were armed with machetes and a pistol.
Mrs Katanga said the owner of the premises called the anti-robber squad. The police crack squad engaged the criminals in an exchange of fire that left five of the robbers dead and one wounded. Mrs Katanga identified the survivor as Amon Chiluba, aged 24, from Masala Township. She said among the five killed was a 50-year-old man and his son.
“The five deceased criminals are in the Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary while the survivor is receiving treatment,” she said.
Meanwhile, crime has reduced notably since Zambia effected various restrictions as anti-coronavirus measures. Ms Katongo has said. However, cyber-related financial crimes have increased s fraudsters are taking advantage of people using online platforms to carry out transactions. Ms Katongo said in a statement yesterday that the daily incident report shows that general criminal activities have reduced.
The anti-coronavirus measures include advice to members of the public to stay home, closure of bars, restriction of numbers of people in gatherings. The police spokesperson said, however, that online thefts are on the rise. In the past three weeks, police have received 56 reports in which people have been swindled out of various amounts of money, the highest being K21,000.
“In some of the reports received, some fraudsters are calling unsuspecting members of the public pretending to be bank officials asking for bank details such as taxpayers’ identification numbers and national registration card numbers,” Ms Katongo said.
Others are pretending to be bank officials calling with news that the clients’ respective banks are running promotions. Ms Katongo said some victims are being asked to deposit stated amounts of money in mobile money accounts provided, claiming that the money will attract interest at various percentages when in fact not. She said other fraudsters are running fake promotions under renowned business trade names.
“Others are calling people and pretending to be officials from mobile service providers purporting to be conducting network tests and end up getting information which they are using to get account details,” Ms Katongo said.
From the received cases, Lusaka province recorded 21 cases, Copperbelt 18, Eastern four and Central province has recorded 6 cases so far. Southern, Western and Nothern provinces recorded two cases each.