In a bid to safeguard life and property of customers, police in Nkhatabay on June 8, 2016 had an interface meeting with rest house owners that ply their trade at the boma.
In his opening remarks, Nkhatabay Police Station Officer in – Charge Mr Gedion Nahumu (ACP) appealed to the rest house owners to report any crime that occurs at their business premises to police, brushing aside fears from some quarters that those who report crime incidents end up being arrested.
The officer in-charge emphasised the need for the rest house owners to have ‘funtional’ booking registers, avoid employing aged people as watchmen, making sure that they have strong room doors with rim locks and that their windows have burglar bars.
Taking their turn, the rest house owners bemoaned the tendency of slow response from police whenever they are called in for assistance.
They also put the blame on the recent rising number in rest house breaking and theft cases on sex workers who share room keys with their fellow counterparts for their business.
The rest house owners also cited negligency on the part of some customers as some customers leave their rooms unlocked.
According to statistics at Nkhatabay police station, from January 2016 to June 2016, a total number of eight cases that ranged from breaking to theft have occurred targeting rest houses.
The meeting that was attended by representatives from eleven rest houses comes barely three weeks after a similar meeting was held that targeted watchmen from within the Boma.