Car Identity Theft: Motorists Warned of Notorious Syndicate

  • Four cars seized at Nyeri Police Station for having suspicious registration numbers
    Four cars seized at Nyeri Police Station for having suspicious registration numbers
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  • Police officers seized four vehicles with suspicious number plates on Saturday, January 16, 2021. 

    All the four vehicles under police custody at Nyeri Police Station were of the same make; Toyota Probox and shared the same colour- white.

    Each pair of cars also had the same number plates, raising suspicion about how they were obtained. 

    Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
    Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
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    Nyeri Sub-county Police Commander called on Kenyans to be more cautious when purchasing vehicles.

    “Without involving the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the National Transport Safety Authority(NTSA), one is likely to be duped into buying cars with fake documents.

    The police boss also warned that car cloning syndicates have also fake security features such as engine and chassis numbers.

    Detectives will investigate which of the seized cars are authentic and charge the owners of the vehicles with fake registration numbers. 

    A group of highly connected smugglers has been minting millions using forged documents in the country. 

    According to the NTSA, its platforms have been infiltrated by crooks who work in cahoots with the smugglers.

    “NTSA has been in the process of reviewing and re-platforming the Transport Integrated Management System following the implementation of data recovery system,” NTSA’s Senior Deputy Director in charge of communication Dido Guyatu told the media in a past address. 

    Not even vehicles are attached to Presidents are safe from the crooks. In 2018, a vehicle attached to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni was stolen only to be found and recovered in Kenya a year later.

    In the same year, cars attached to President Uhuru Kenyatta were also stolen but later recovered in Tanzania.

    Used cars yard.
    A used cars yard.
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