NCD police have warned that there is a new trend used by armed criminals in committing crime in the city lately with the use of taxi cabs.
NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu sounded the warning after an armed robbery incident yesterday at a fast-food outlet where the criminals made off in a taxi cab.
A CCTV footage captured the whole incident.
“Criminals are now using taxis to commit crimes because their chances of stealing cars in the city is being restricted by effective police responses,” Mr Ikumu said.
He said in a similar incident recently, criminals used a cab and attempted to hold up a delivery truck at 8 Mile but the driver evaded the attack by reversing away from the suspects.
Police reports also revealed another taxi cab was also used early this month to rob some people at Badili before police gave chase and recovered the abandoned taxi at Vanagi Settlement.
Mr Ikumu said effective police responses in the NCD Metropolitan command is resulting in the quick recovery of stolen cars therefore criminals are resorting to alternative means.
“This string of crimes involving taxis points to a new modus operandi used by criminals to commit crimes.”
Met Supt Ikumu has cautioned taxi drivers to be wary of such tactics adopted by criminals and said a plan to clamp down on this new crime method is being mooted within the police command.