THERE are some social media groups created to discuss crime related issues circulating unverified information which is usually turning out to be false, police have warned.
In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi urged people to cross check and verify facts from local police concerning criminal movements and reports.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has noted with concern information on alleged criminal acts in Harare and Bulawayo which is circulating among social media groups such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
“It is from such groups that unverified information is circulating.”
There have been false reports of cars being stolen at gun point and several houses being robbed with occupants being forced to hand over car keys.
“Verification with police establishments in Harare and Bulawayo has revealed that in areas such as Chisipiti, Avondale, Mabelreign, Borrowdale, Rhodesville, Greendale and others, no such reports as indicated on social media have occurred in the last few days.
“On the other hand, the Zimbabwe Republic Police is continuing with its operation of accounting for all unregistered motor vehicles which are moving on the roads and those not displaying number plates as required according to law.
“Reports of suspicious Honda Fit, Toyota Wish, Toyota Vitz, Toyota Raum and Toyota Funcargo vehicles being used in robbery cases are currently being investigated by the police,” said Ass Comm Nyathi urging people to contact any nearest police station for assistance.