Cops to cooperate to beat crime

BULAWAYO Police in Matabeleland South and Masvingo provinces last week held an interprovincial meeting to find a joint approach to curb the ever-increasing criminal activities in the two provinces. According to the police spokesman for Masvingo, Inspector Phibion Nyambo, the officers commanding Matebeleland South and Masvingo provinces - Senior Assistant Commissioners Norman Sibanda and Martin Chari respectively - concurred that there was a need for police to come up with a blue print of

Of particular concern was the increase in armed robberies, especially along the Beitbridge- Masvingo road where the robbers target motorists. Nyambo attributed this to the dollarisation of the economy early this year. It was agreed at the meeting that the two provinces, that share not only a common boundary but a common record in criminal activities, should engage in joint monitoring activities in an effort to minimize cases of armed robbery, stock theft, poaching, theft of copper cables and the smuggling of the stolen goods and livestock into countries such as Mozambique and South Africa through the Beitbridge boarder post.

The joint monitoring activities will seek to harmonise the police operations in the two provinces as they gear themselves up in the fight against crime.

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