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Luweero Cyclists Install Tracking Devices to Curb Motorcycle Thefts

Robert Ssekyanzi the Chairperson of Luweero Town Council Boda Boda Riders Association says that motorcycles which are fitted with tracking devices are easy to recover. Ssekyanzi says that if the motorcycle is stolen, they immediately alert the service provider who locates the motorcycle. He adds that two out of six stolen motorcycles were recovered using the tracking device application.

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Boda Boda cyclists in Luweero town council are installing tracking devices on their motorcycles to fight increasing cases of thefts.

Since the beginning of the year, at least six motorcycles have been stolen in Luweero town council. The cyclists have also been able to recover only two motorcycles.

Vianney Ssenyonjo, a cyclist at Young Blood Boda Boda Stage in Luweero town says that he was hired by two men to transport them to Kasoma zone. Along the way, he was hit with an iron bar and his motorcycle stolen.

Ssenyonjo says that he reported the matter to Police but the thieves have never been arrested neither his motorcycle recovered.

Robert Ssekyanzi the Chairperson of Luweero Town Council Boda Boda Riders Association says that motorcycles which are fitted with tracking devices are easy to recover.

Ssekyanzi says that if the motorcycle is stolen, they immediately alert the service provider who locates the motorcycle. He adds that two out of the six stolen motorcycles were recovered using the tracking device application.

Ssekyanzi, however, decried the prohibitive costs of installing the tracking with each costing 350,000 shillings.

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The tracking devices are fitted on an undisclosed part of the motorcycles and once they are stolen, the service provider uses application to locate it before sending information to the cyclist.

Other cyclists led by John Kiguli note that they are upset with thieves and the tracking devices are a great relief.

The cyclists have however resolved that once the stolen motorcycle is located, they move in a group and recover it and lynch the suspect.  They accuse Police of releasing the suspects.

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Mworozi Byaruhanga the Luweero District Police Commander welcomed the tracking devices.

He, however, warns the cyclists against tracking the motorcycles without police involvement.

Byaruhanga says that the cyclists have ended up lynching innocent people.

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Last week, Arinaitwe Turyamureeba  a resident of Kalongo Miti in Luweero town was lynched by cyclists after they tracked the stolen motorcycle registration number UEV 335D and recovered it at his home.

On Thursday, another stolen motorcycle registration was abandoned near Beti Retina restaurant in Luweero after cyclists used the tracking device and located it.

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