The Directorate of Criminal Investigations unit has cautioned Kenyans against buying electronic stuff from unregistered dealers.
The DCI says most unregistered dealers some without physical addresses buy get the gadgets from robbery suspects who might have killed and maimed their victims.
“CAUTION!!! The Public is hereby WARNED never to buy any Electronic Gadget including Laptops, Mobile Phones, TV Sets etc from an Individual or a Dealer who has no fixed Physical Address; Identifiable trading Building/ Premises with requisite authorization documents that are conspicuously displayed including Licenses, Permits & other Local and/or National Approvals,” said the DCI.
The DCI further states that forensic investigations take quite a long time and that by the investigations reveal that the handler of the property was not in the scene of crime, the individual will have suffered a lot.
Alternatively being found with a suspected stolen property may attract punishments such as death sentences.
“When Police Forensically Investigate & find you in possession of such said devices, by the time it is established that you were not involved in the crime, you may have suffered immensely,” says the DCI.
Electronic dealers have also been asked to seize the IT/ICT technology and ensure that they mark at the counter every electronic gadget bought by a customer for security.
“This makes it hard for criminals to hawk it and easier for investigative agencies to track & identify. Equally, owners can mark in the same manner thro’ various private experts in the market,” tweeted the DCI.