Police in Lilongwe say they remain upbeat to provide security at Njewa Trading Centre following a spate of robberies in the past weeks.
Lilongwe Police Station officer-in-charge Kelvin Mulezo said this on Thursday during a meeting between the law enforcers and business community in the area.
He, however, expressed concern about a spike in criminal activities targeting businesspersons, particularly the Asian community.
Said Mulezo: “The thugs dig a hole on the fence, get inside and poison dogs or tie up security guards.
“Then they look for cash and hi-tech gadgets which they sell at high prices.”
The officer-in-charge urged the businesspersons to avoid stashing huge sums of money in their homes and offices.
“Cash is a big attraction for robbers. If you remove it, you drastically reduce the chance of being attacked,” he said.
Mulezo pledged to embarking on massive patrols day and night.
“We will also look into the issue of re-establishing in adhoc roadblock which was helpful in checking crime,” he said.
Central Region community policing coordinator Andrew Bokosi urged the business community to renovate Njewa Police Unit which was destroyed by angry residents in the aftermath of May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
“When the rainy season approaches, the officer will likely relocate, thereby raising more insecurity,” he said.
Njewa business community chairperson Janvier Ngoga said efforts are underway to renovate Njewa Police Unit.
“We’re mobilising resources to renovate the police unit,” he said.