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Impounded vehicles attract thieves

by Rodney Pienaar

The Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Namoloh, has said that he has plans to move impounded vehicles from the Wanaheda police station in Windhoek to a safe house where they will be out of reach from thieves.

Speaking to The Villager this week, minister Charles Namoloh said these vehicles have become targets of vandalism and are stripped of parts, but that will soon be a thing of the past.

“We have plans to move them but it is not so clear when this will happen, the cars are safe at police offices but will be more safe if we move them to bigger places where the general public does not have entry and by moving them we will be making sure that vehicles are not vandalised in any way,” he said. 

He added that police officers need to make sure that belongings of suspects are kept safe.

Namoloh also said that unclaimed vehicles that have been impounded might be auctioned in coming years if owners do not claim them. 

“These are vehicles of owners that might have fled crime scenes leaving them behind. In cases like these we would auction them. If the owners come forward with necessary documents and prove that their vehicle were used by criminals without their knowledge then police will conduct proper investigations and then it all depends from the outcome of the investigations,” he said. 

He added that all impounded vehicles that are claimed will only be returned when the claim is found to be true and no vehicle will be given to a person that fails to provide documents. 

Namoloh advised all law enforcement agents not to make use of impounded vehicles under any circumstance and to refrain from such practices because it is illegal.

“If the public out there is aware of impounded vehicles that police are using then they should come forward and report it to the authorities. We will not leave any stone unturned and no member of the public will be held responsible for reporting such unfair practices by the police. Police are there to protect and serve and we will not allow things of this nature happening in the police force,” he said. 

He added that not reporting instances where police officers misuse items that are kept for exhibition as evidence in courts only limits true justice to take place.