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MOTORCYCLE THEFT ON THE RISE IN KYEGEGWA DISTRICT

By Mulengera Reporters

Boda Boda cyclists in Kyegegwa District are worried about the increased thefts of motorcycles in the area. The attacks on cyclists are common in Kyegegwa town council. According to records at Kyegegwa District Boda Boda office, more than 30 motorcycles have been stolen in the past three months.

Bob Apollo Tinka, the chairperson Kyegegwa Boda Boda Riders and Owners Association says that his office registers at least four cases of Boda Boda thefts daily. He says that the thieves mainly target cyclists at night and the motorcycles are taken to Kampala and Fort Portal.

Tinka says they have embarked on installing tracking devices in the motorcycles to curb the rampant theft.

According to some cyclists, the absence of CCTV cameras along major highways in the district has also given room the thieves to operate freely. They say that the motorcycle theft has taken a toll on their business and affected their earnings.

Some of the cyclists note that their business is becoming risky and want police to intensify security. They also want security lights and cameras installed in hot spots.

Alfred Nkwasibwe the Kyegegwa District Officer in Charge of Traffic cautioned the riders from riding people they are not sure of and take them to distant places during the night hours.

He advises them to report all cases of theft to the authorities for investigation.  According to the annual police crime report for 2021, A total of 4,315 cases of theft of motorcycles were reported in the country compared to 3,507 cases in 2020, indicating an increase of 22.8%-URN (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at mulengeranews@gmail.com).

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