Police recently warns: There is a re-emerging trend where criminals in vehicles hit their targets´ car from behind before robbing them when they stop.
On Tuesday Charles Owino, Kenya Police spokesman, said there was increase in the so called “ bump and rob ” cases. Especially in Nairobi, where more than 10 people have been attacked in the last two weeks.
For example Mr Timothy Rotich, who was driving along Manyanja Road when his car was hit by another vehicle from behind.
He just stopped to look at the damage, but instantly four men, one armed with a pistol, got out of the car and forced him to get to the back seat of his car.
They drove around with him in his car, a Suzuki Escudo (registration number: KBS 331S), before finally dumping him on Kangundo Road.
They robbed him of Sh10,000 and a mobile phone as well as his car. By Monday evening, the car had not been found.
Mr Owino recommends the public to first of all assess the situation or their surroundings before stopping their car.
In general it is safer to only stop the car when reaching a safe public place with lots of people and preferably policemen or other kinds of security.
“We advise members of the public to be very cautious especially at night or in isolated areas. Additional police officers will be deployed in areas where such incidents have been reported,” he said.
The Police also prods to the issue that some, including a police officer, have been killed in similar circumstances.
On September 26, Constable Johnson Muimi, who was attached to the Anti-Narcotics Unit, was shot to death at the gate of Moi Forces Academy.
At around 9pm Mr Muimi had been driving along Juja Road when his car was hit by a motorbike from behind.
The officer stopped immediately to check the damage but one of the two men on the motorcycle took out a pistol and shot him in the heart.
Both attackers then escaped from the scene without stealing anything from him.
At least seven other cases were reported on Mombasa, Jogoo and Kangundo roads in the last week.
Author: Lunis Bolognino