SECURITY AGENCIES PROJECT CRIME RATE RISE AFTER COVID19 LOCKDOWN, TIP UGANDANS ON SAFETY AS GOVT DEPLOYS 900 CAMERAS
By Mulengera Reporter
The Covid19 Joint Security Taskforce are projecting an increase in crime rate as the country treads the path to lockdown easing and takes steps in economic recovery efforts following two months of shutdown of normal business activities to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease.
More businesses are expected to reopen as public transport means return to the road early next month. But members of the security taskforce are cautioning Ugandans to be vigilant and cautious of their security since wrong elements are expected to return to their undesirable work.
“We want everyone alive. After the lockdown we project that the crime rate will increase because thieves have not been working. Before you leave your home, make sure it’s locked properly and with security available. Also avoid the ‘bafeere,” cautioned Uganda Prisons Service Spokesperson Frank Baine at the taskforce’s press conference at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Friday.
“We urge people to stop discussing business with unidentifiable people after opening the economy for your safety. Keep your houses secure, lock your cars. Security will try to be helpful but it won’t be everywhere.”
Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police Force mouthpiece, revealed that government will install more cameras on the streets to keep Ugandans safe after Covid19.
“We are going to install cameras in 887 sites on major highways and major towns to reduce crime after the lockdown. There’s already progress on this work. In some towns, the work is already complete. We continue to employ technology in security,” Enanga said.
The spokespersons of the security agencies also called on Ugandans whose businesses have not been reopened by the president to be patient, arguing that the shutdown was due to the need to keep them safe from the Covid19 pandemic.
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