Outjo lodges targeted by thieves

OTJIWARONGO: The Namibian Police (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region Wednesday called on lodge owners around Outjo to tighten security measures or report any suspicious movements of unknown persons on their premises.

NamPol’s Otjozondjupa Acting Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday that thieves are now targeting lodges around the town of Outjo, using systematic house break-in tactics.

He said thieves broke into the Toshari Lodge and the former Nawa-Nawa Lodge that is now known as Kutara Lodge.

Tourists’ cell phones, cameras, cash and laptops, which were kept inside their sleeping rooms, were amongst items stolen during the break-ins.

Khairabeb said the suspected thieves broke into the Toshari, probably on Monday, at an unknown time when tourists, who were on a visit at the lodge, had gone out for a breakfast and game viewing.

The thieves stole cameras, cash and cell phones of tourists there at Toshari.

On Tuesday morning, according to Khairabeb, several sleeping rooms at Kutara were also broken into using similar tactics when foreign visitors were out for a breakfast in scenic Namibia.

Valuable goods of tourists like laptops, cash, cell phones and cameras were also stolen from rooms at Kutara.

Cases of break-ins at these two places have been already been opened at the Outjo Police Station.

The total value of the stolen goods and cash in both cases is yet to be determined by the police, Khairabeb said.

Khairabeb is as such calling on lodge owners in and around the Outjo District to be vigilant of thieves targeting their properties to steal from their visitors.

“I would like to urge them to tighten their security systems on their lodges, or call on us when you suspect strange movements of unknown persons in your private property,” he said.

No arrest has been made so far in connection with these two cases, and police investigations are continue.