Police on VW badges street market
The Khomas regional commander Silvanus Nghishidimbwa has warned the general public against buying stolen Volkswagen (VW) car badges from the street.
28 September 2018 | Business
Once you buy it, it will be stolen again and you will still go and buy- Silvanus Nghishidimbwa, Regional Commander, Khomas
The police warning comes after social media went abuzz with news of people reporting about their stolen badges from the VW cars, which has been a trend recently.
The theft of VW badges has been the latest market for Windhoek thieves as more and more members of the public come out to share their disappointment after their badges were stolen from their cars.
The same social media, especially Facebook has also been used as a platform to advertise the VW badges that are for sale in the street.
The police has been observing this trend and are on to it, he said. As a result, one suspected thief of VW badges has appeared in court on Tuesday, according to Nghishidimbwa.
He told Market Watch in a telephonic interview that the suspect was arrested because he was found in possession “with a lot of them (VW badges).”
“This VW badges theft is a new thing in the market,” he said, adding that it all started with the theft of pull bars from bakkies.
All of a sudden, he said, the VW theft became a thing.
“The VW theft all of a sudden rose within the black market,” he said.
“The general public is hereby warned to refrain from buying these VW badges from the street. If yours is stolen, do not buy from the street because you are encouraging this type of theft. Once you buy it, it will be stolen again and you will still go and buy,” he said.
One victim , Naffy Nafimane , a Windhoek resident told Market Watch that he went to Single Quarters recently to buy the popular kapana. After that, he went to a nearby shebeen for a drink.
According to him, he only realised that his VW badge was missing but was sure it was on when he got to kapana.
“I suspect it was taken by those kapana guys (car guards at the spot),” he said, adding that when he went back to the same place, those people offered to sell a VW badge to him.
But Nafimane vows to never replace it until a permanent solution is found.
“Some people are saying there is a type of glue. But also, what if I use that glue and they damage the bumper forcing to steal the badge,” he said.
He added: “I will only replace mine if a solution is found.