CID indicates that 13,120 motorcycles have been stolen between 2019 and 2017. Data shows 2018 had the biggest number of motorcycle thefts with 4,612, followed by 2017 which recorded 4,259 cases while 2019 comes last with 4,249.
Records at the Criminals Investigations Directorate –CID indicate that
on average 4,000 motorcycles are stolen every year in Uganda.
The directorate indicates that 13,120 motorcycles have been stolen between 2019
Data shows 2018 had the biggest number of motorcycle thefts with
4,612, followed by 2017 which recorded 4,259 cases while 2019 4,249 were
Grace Akullo, the CID Director in her report analysing the most common cases
recorded every year, shows some motorcycles are stolen by use of weapons which
translates into aggravated robbery while others are stolen while parked outside
places of entertainment, Churches or shopping venues.
Aggravated robbery, according to CID, is where lethal weapons such as guns,
machetes, knives, clubs or iron bars are used to subdue the owner of the items
being stolen. CID cities criminal gangs to be masterminding theft and robbery
Some of the criminal gangs cited in latest report is the Ntungamo Municipality
gang that was based in Orubare cell, Central Division which used to move on
motorcycles UEP 705S, UEX 653G and UEL 395W targeting lonely riders from place
“These motorcycles were used as means of transport by the robbers recovered. We
recovered facial masks, two laptop bags suspected to have been used to carry
the guns and two mobile phones,” Akullo indicates.
Motorcycle thefts have remained high according to CID because it is a lucrative
business where culprits have ready market in most parts of the country. Police
says thugs sell stolen motorcycles to spare parts dealers in urban areas but
also have buyers in remote areas that prefer cheap items.
In Kampala, police names Katwe, Kibuye and Ndeeba as the leading places where
stolen motorcycles are sold.
In order to reduce motorcycle thefts, CID explains that they are
increasing joint operations targeting dealers in stolen motorcycle spare parts
and criminal gangs.
Police in collaboration with Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF, Local
Defence Units- LDUs and Military Police raided motorcycle shops and spare parts
dealers where more than 200 people were arrested in October last year.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Kampala police spokesperson, says
some motorcycles are being sold to people after their number plates have been
forged including logbooks. Owoyesigyire said the forgery of motorcycle number
plates is being spearheaded by some people working with one of the government
agencies and are currently being hunted.
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Thugs, according to police sell motorcycles between 200,000 Shillings to 1
Million Shillings. A fortnight ago, Umar Kiggundu, a crime preventer was
arrested from Wandegeya on allegations of stealing motorcycle registration
number UEE 620R that was parked outside Jinja Road Police Post. Kiggundu had
allegedly sold the motorcycle at 100,000 shillings.