An upsurge in burglaries on business and residential premises within the three adjoining villages of Johanna Cecilia, Maria’s Lodge and Suddie where a police station is located is causing serious public concern from the tardiness of investigators, to bring the perpetrators to justice ;
The last weekend was the third time within a period of three months that my hardware store by the roadside at Maria’s Lodge in proximity of the station was broken into, and a quantity of articles valued at thousands of dollars stolen.
One of my business colleagues who owns a supermarket just obliquely to the police station did not bother to report that he was a victim as he considered it just a waste of time.
Two residents-one at Johanna Cecilia and the other from Maria’s Lodge, both of whom suffered losses running into thousands of dollars as well were also victims with their reports just like mine being clueless.
Concerning my report, I had given the police the names of some of the prime suspects from a criminal gang who are a source of nuisance to the society, always hanging out by the Uku quarters junction at Maria’s Lodge, but none of them was arrested despite their presence all over the place.
Much to my surprise, the same suspects can be seen socializing especially at pubs with the police whose actions in this regard become very much questionable.
From all appearances, the police are giving protection to the criminals and not the residents from the area whose tranquility is being violated much to their detriment.
Entry into my building was gained from the upstairs by smashing a glass door and ripping off some grill protecting it before wrenching out another door on the lower flat to get to the missing items, which included 15 gallons tin paint, five bottles of Brut cologne and six bottles perfume. Two tins of paint, a perfume set and a claw bar were found abandoned in the same direction where the suspects are living.
Although the police visited the scene, a statement was not taken from anyone after four clays with my frustration growing all the time for justice to be done.
Unless the police smash this gang of well known characters once and for all, the crime situation here will inevitably continue to become worse all the time.
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