Insurance fraud rife at Rundu

The police in Kavango East have warned residents not to make false statements to the police in order to defraud their insurance companies.

15 February 2021 | Crime

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU

People in Rundu are increasingly making false statements to the police to commit insurance fraud.

This is according to Deputy Commissioner Vilho Kalwenya of the Kavango East police, who says police investigations have shown that people are lying to the police when reporting burglaries in order to defraud their insurance companies.

Kalwenya said they started investigating the high number of housebreaking cases in Kavango East, especially in Rundu.

In one recent incident, Kalwenya said, Frans Kayimo opened a case of theft at the Rundu police station on 2 January.

Kayimo claimed that a television valued at N$9 000 and a bedroom suite valued at N$6 000 had been stolen from his home in Kehemu location.

He then claimed the items from his insurance and collected new ones from a local furniture shop.

Kalwenya said the police found the items that had been reported stolen, along with the new ones, at Kayimo’s house.

He was arrested the same day and charged with fraud.

Kayimo was granted bail of N$2 000 by the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on 5 February.

Suspicious

Kalwenya said there has been a rise in housebreaking cases reported in Rundu, mainly targeting furniture and household appliances.

He said in some cases the reports made to the police appear suspicious, which is why reported break-ins are now being investigated more thoroughly.

“Sometimes people make claims to say their bed was stolen. When you go to that residence you will find a number of households in that compound and people will say they saw nothing.

“It is questionable but as the police we do our investigations and we can now say that the aim of this person was to defraud the furniture shop and the insurance company,” Kalwenya explained.

He said the police will continue to scrutinise claims of housebreaking and whoever is found guilty of lying to the police will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

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