Police data bank stolen from Byo CID

Loughty Dube

A computer data bank containing crime statistics and cases still under investigation has gone missing from the heavily guarded Bulawayo provincial police headquarters, the Zimbabwe Independent h

as established.


The computer software contained crime information for the whole Bulawayo province covering four police districts of Bulawayo Suburban, West, Central and the Traffic Department.


Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena promised to provide information on the matter but did not do so in the two weeks that this newspaper has been investigating the story. Reliable sources in the police force said the database was stolen from the office of the officer commanding Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Bulawayo, an Assistant Commissioner Sibanda, three weeks ago.


“There was a break-in three weeks ago and only the central processing unit (CPU) containing the police data bank was stolen. There are suspicions that this was an inside job since the area where the CID’s office is located has 24-hour security,” a source said. The source said what raised suspicion was that the area in question is a high security zone and that only the CPU containing the data bank was stolen.


“The area has round-the-clock security and nearby there is the operations office that works round the clock and no serious burglar would dare think of stealing anything from the provincial police headquarters anyway,” said the source.


The theft of the data bank means the police now have no immediate records of provincial crime statistics and information on cases that have been investigated and those still under investigation.


The stolen data bank contained collated data on provincial crime updates that included daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports of homicide, serious commercial crimes and violent crimes that include car-jackings in the city.


This comes amid reports this week that thieves broke into a police store-room at Harare Central Police Station and stole electrical gadgets meant to be used as exhibits in pending court cases.