Uganda 2nd largest world destination for stolen cars


Interpol has uncovered at least seven out of 187 vehicles that were stolen from the United Kingdom and sold through Ugandan bonds.

The vehicles were registered in the International Police Stolen Motor vehicle (SMV) database, Assan Kasingye the Director of Interpol – Uganda has said.

The Directorate of Interpol-Uganda revealed the worrying statistics following USALAMA 2, the second joint operation by the East African and the Southern Africa Police Chiefs organizations to combat organized crime in their territories.

Kasingye said the Uganda police carried out a sample study by checking 187 motor vehicle chassis numbers to the Interpol Database.

It aimed at establishing the rate of motor vehicle theft in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The operation which took place on the 4th and 5th June 2015 formed the basis for the statistics that makes Uganda the second biggest destination for UK stolen motor vehicles in the World.

The biggest number of these vehicles ends up in Zimbabwe.

The 7 vehicles with a positive hit when put in the database were mainly Mercedes Benz, Toyota Prado TX and Toyota double cabins new models.

They were found in two motor vehicle bonds in Nakawa, Kampala, while one was parked at Entebbe Airport.

The owners of the car bonds are currently helping police in investigations to establish how they got access to the stolen vehicles.

Kasingye says that due to the high rate of the crime and the complicated investigations involved, Interpol-UK has sent two specialist investigators from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Police has issued an alert to car buyers, advising them to run the chassis number of the cars they intend to buy with the Interpol Database to avoid buying stolen cars.

In 2010, about 120,000 cars were stolen in Britain by international syndicates who have the connections and expertise to dispatch their goods abroad for sale in countries like Zimbabwe or Uganda.


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