The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has warned members of the public to be alert about criminals taking advantage of the December festivities.
The DCI’s warning came after two armed criminals were gunned down by officers for robbing unsuspecting pedestrians and taking their valuables along Manyanja Road.
In the incident, which took place at 9.45 pm on December 17, DCI says the two robbers used a motorcycle, KMFB 373Q, and accosted the pedestrian before stealing his possessions. Officers on patrol that night pounced on the duo before they took off.
“Our officers recovered two pistols from the criminals, three rounds of 9mm calibre and a knife. The scene has been processed by crime scene experts as other Police processes ensue,” said the DCI.
While warning citizens, DCI said, “We urge members of the public to be cautious and on high alert since criminals take advantage of Christmas and other festivities to commit a crime.”
The DCI had earlier warned Kenyans about trusting online vendors saying many shoppers had fallen victim to fraudsters mimicking websites belonging to established vendors and defrauding them.
“Many shoppers have fallen victim. We, therefore, advise the public to take precaution while engaging in online business dealings, to avoid falling prey to online scammers and fraudsters.
“Equally, lower no cautionary guard when dealing with doorstep deliveries and be careful about who you choose to make deliveries to your house. As a safety precaution, turn down deliveries from agents who show up at your door without your request, as they may have an ulterior motive,” cautioned the DCI.