Crime

POLICE TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL NUMBER PLATES

‘’All culprits glorifying the usage of fake number plates will face very severe consequences,’’ he warned.

By Ahmed Matovu

KAMPALA: The Uganda police spokesperson Fred Enanga says that joint security agencies will crack down on illegal number plates in the country.

According to Enanga, thugs fix on the empty plate, to enable them carry out robberies and go undetected.

‘’After the commission of the crime or robbery, they remove the fake number plates and dispose of them,’’ he said.

The police officer says that it becomes difficult to trace for the wanted car with fake number plates under the automated number plate recognition system.

‘’We want to warn passengers about drivers of taxis and bodas who use fake number plates, which are fixed on the empty plate, to enable them carry out robberies and go undetected,’’ he warned.

Enanga also said that their task teams and traffic officers are now required to routinely check registration plates to confirm if they are genuine.

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‘’Cloned plates are used by criminals to disguise its identity, hide the fact that it is stolen or avoid paying fines generated by camera systems,’’ he notes.

The police mouthpiece also asserted that the cloning and defacing of genuine number plates affects road safety and provides cover for criminals.

‘’All culprits glorifying the usage of fake number plates will face very severe consequences,’’ he warned.

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