A man was on Saturday evening, September 26, captured on a CCTV vandalizing a vehicle in South B estate in Nairobi.
In a 34-second video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the teenage-looking suspect is seen trying to unsuccessfully remove the side mirror on the driver’s side before he moves to the co-drivers side and forcefully plucks out the mirror.
The young man, who seems to have hanging around the parking for a couple of minutes, also inspects other parts of the vehicle before he finally flees the scene.
Area residents have expressed their worry over a sharp rise in car break-ins.
“This is an example of what is happening in South B Estate, around Capital Centre. A lot of spare wheels and side mirrors getting stolen, be vigilant,” a resident in the area warned.
According to a 2018 Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) report, at least 100 cars are reported as stolen to insurance companies each month.
“71% of vehicles reported stolen in the country are Toyotas followed by Isuzu (7%) and Nissan (5%). The rest constitute 17% cumulatively,” the report reads in part.
There are numerous tactics which suspects use to steal vehicles or spare parts including; use of jammers, using fake number plates to disguise one for another, among others.
- The incident came less than two weeks after detectives from the DCI arrested suspects captured on CCTV breaking into a car in Mombasa.The team also recovered a vehicle from the suspect’s home believed to have been used as the getaway car. “Following credible information from members of the public, a team of detectives has arrested [the suspect] from his home in Kiembeni and recovered a Toyota Ractis,” a statement by the DCI reads in part.