The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it has intensified day and night patrols within greater Harare suburbs following an increase in car theft smash and grab crimes being experienced by motorists around Harare.

With the rainy season upon us accompanied by tall grass and maize crop along the roads car theft smash and grabs are on the increase compelling the ZRP to increase and intensify day and night patrols for the safety of Zimbabweans.

In an interview with ZBC News ZRP national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba warned motorists to be alert on the road as it takes less than a minute for a thief to break into a car and snatch a laptop, handbag and a purse on the front seat.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba says she is concerned with a growing trend of bags stolen in churches by moving criminals and later disposed off to another church.

Car break-ins are a huge problem especially at shopping malls, schools and the airport.

The ZRP in its endeavour to raise awareness among the public, offers some common sense habits and tips for preventing car break-ins among them hiding of valuables such as handbags and laptops, parking where there is activity, keeping one’s car visible in well lit areas and not making it easy for thieves to steal by keeping the car alarm on, windows and sunroofs closed and doors locked.