Rwanda is among the African countries where many stolen vehicles are intercepted, and assistant commissioner of police Peter Karake, the commissioner for Interpol at the Rwanda National Police, has said the force will continue to make sure that the country will not be used as a destination or transit route for stolen vehicles or other goods.
He made the declaration in reaction to the recent interception of a stolen Toyota RAV4 on June 11 at Ruhwa border post with Burundi in Rusizi District, as it entered into Rwanda.
The vehicle was discovered with the help of Interpol’s I-24/7 communication system, which connects all the 190 Interpol member countries to track stolen goods and fugitives, among others. According to the I-24/7 log, was stolen in Kenya in 2014, but it was found bearing Congolese number plates at the time of its interception.
“Recent reports have placed Rwanda on the top of African countries when it comes to intercepting many stolen vehicles,” Karake said. “This is attributed to the effective use of the high-tech I-24/7 Interpol communication set up at all our border posts and connecting customs.”
Last year alone, based on the Interpol system RNP made 26,000 searches for stolen motor vehicles, resulting in 11 hits (discovery of a stolen vehicle). Since the beginning of this year, RNP has seized seven stolen vehicles coming into Rwanda.
“The intercepted stolen vehicles come from different parts of the world. Among the vehicles we have discovered there are three from South Africa, one from Belgium, one from Poland, three from Japan, one from Italy, one from France, one from Kenya and a motorcycle from the UK,” Karake said.
“The world is facing changing trends in security systems,” he pointed out. “Emerging threats have affected some states and criminals are operating across borders. To deal with such a situation, we all embarked on international cooperation mainly through Interpol to combat transnational crimes.”
The commissioner for Interpol remarked that Rwanda continues to strengthening its capacity in the fight against cross-border and transnational organized crime by enhancing cooperation with other police institutions and organization globally.