Border monitoring camera stolen under soldiers’ nose

Verita

Harare–Daring thieves have stolen a strategic security camera at the Beitbridge border post but no arrests have been made, according to State media reports.

The Herald on Thursday reported that the theft of one of the 36 cameras recently installed at the land port was discovered on Saturday.

Security agents, said the paper, noticed that an area commonly used by smugglers and border jumpers had gone out of surveillance focus.

This area includes the duty free shop which, ironically, is manned by armed soldiers and patrol police and connects with the bridge across Limpopo River.

Foot and cycle smugglers as well as border jumpers have been using the area to gain access to the South African side despite the area being heavily guarded.

Reports indicate that numerous soldiers and police details have been netted for collusion in the cross-border crimes.

An unnamed border official said the theft of the camera could have happened during a recent power blackout but border police said they were yet to receive an official  report.

The cameras are part of a strategy to reduce corruption at the busy post.

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