‘Big Brother’ watching over crime in Kenya

June 25, 2016 1:30 am
Technology is a necessity that no security apparatus can work without in a modern society where every bit of life has become sophisticated/FILE
Technology is a necessity that no security apparatus can work without in a modern society where every bit of life has become sophisticated/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – It is on June 28, 2015, in Wood Avenue Towers within Nairobi, Kilimani area where the scene of crime is located.

On this day, a resident who is an official of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) – who cannot be named due to the nature of the case – is in Uganda on a work trip.

  • The Integrated Command, Control, and Communication (IC3) was commissioned in May 2015 in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu
  • The overall aim of the IC3 is to improve the National Police Service’s operational efficiency by deploying new hardware using up-to-date technology that will enable the Police to adopt more efficient working practices and new operating concepts
  • In progressing towards greater efficiencies, one of the IC3 aims is to bring together various elements of National Police Service operation to work as a more unified team

He had no worry of thugs breaking into his house or any other crime related incident given the neighborhood.

But at about midday, a dark Nissan X-trail enters the compound and two smartly dressed men emerge as they leave it at the parking lot.

“All the movements, as you can see are well captured by the CCTV cameras,” explains a senior detective privy with the case on anonymity grounds.

After a few minutes inside the vehicle, one man, who is seen carrying a parcel, some papers and a pen alights and directly heads to his target, a house on the 3rd floor of the apartment bloc.

His accomplice, who in the CCTV footage is seen pretending to be on phone, shortly follows him, to go and execute their mission.

A mission that would see the RECSA official robbed Sh16,250,000.

“Unfortunately, the CCTV camera’s had not been mounted in the rooms areas besides the main entry points,” the detective laments.

After 30 minutes, the two men, in a similar way head back to their vehicle, but this time loaded.

After breaking into the house, “they took several expensive electronics including 2 laptops, a hard disk drive, watches, an MLT software among other things.”

The two criminals later, cautiously leave the apartment, unaware that the ‘Big Brother’ was watching.

Police were to be informed of the incident later on.

Once the case was reported, CID officers in Nairobi got the footage from the management of the apartment which they retrieved ahead of a two week hot pursuit of the “two known criminals.”

The cops reached out on the registrar of motor vehicles to establish the owner of the vehicle in a bid to zero in on the two suspects.

“It is at this point that we established that the vehicle was from a hiring company,” the police pointed out saying this stage, they also got the director’s contacts and ID number.

The director further linked the cops to the managers who were required to establish who had hired the vehicle on the date of crime.

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