The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Police Command has said it would embark on intense stop-and-search exercise to check rising incidences of car theft.
This was disclosed in a statement by Anjuguri Manzah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and the command’s spokesman in Abuja.
“The command is going to embark on vigorous stop-and-search operation along the highways of the FCT, members of the public are hereby advised to always have proof of ownership of their cars in their possession to avoid embarrassment.
“As a result of the seeming rise in cases of theft of motor vehicles within FCT, especially the ones that are easily removed from where they are parked, the command is confident to take necessary action to stem the tide of the menace,
“Car owners should install trackers, alarm and other anti-theft devices in their cars, lock their cars with either pedal or steering lock.” the statement said.
Manzah advised that cars should be parked at well-lit area, especially at night, adding that vehicles should be locked at all times, even while driving.
“When parked, keys should not be left in the car. All the windows and sunroof should be closed and valuables such as brief cases, hand bags, should not be kept in public view,“ the spokesman said.
He warned car owners to endeavour to memorize their vehicle plate’s numbers, colour, and any other vital details that would aid identification of vehicles.
- Chinwe Aguobi