Nsambya traffic lights, Northern Bypass, Namirembe Road and Clock Tower are most deadly spots in Kampala where criminals target drivers and passengers.
According to police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, each of the listed spots registers between 10 and 25 cases where drivers and passengers are robbed of their phones, jewelry, watches, wallets and laptops every week.
“These criminals are many and very smart. They are able to see drivers making calls or whatsApping as they wait for go ahead traffic lights. They grab the items and walk smartly to the opposite side,” Mr Kayima said on Monday.
He added that more than 200 cases were registered at each of the listed hot spots in the last one month.
At the Northern Bypass, Mr Kayima said thugs put barricades in the middle of the road and demand for money from drivers.
He said reluctant drivers are beaten up and their items forcebly taken or their vehicles vandalized.
“Northern Bypass and Entebbe Express Highway have become deadly routes for drivers. We, therefore, caution drivers to be careful when using those routes much as they are faster for drivers dodging traffic jam,” he said.
Mr Kayima said police are engaging Kampala Capital City Authority and the Uganda National Roads Authority to devise means of securing drivers on Northern Bypass and Entebbe Express Highway.
“We have increased our presence of overt and covert officers to deal with these criminals. However, we also ask the drivers and passengers, including pedestrians, to be vigilant and suspicious of anyone walking by their sides,” Mr Kayima said.
Police said at least 70 suspects have been arrested in the last one month of which more than 40 have already appeared in courts and have been remanded.