The Director of Criminal Investigations has cautioned Kenyans against buying used phones from an individual or a company without fixed physical address. In a Facebook post, the institution warned that most phones sold by individuals could be stolen from somewhere and that if you are found in possession of one, you will be arrested, charged and imprisoned.
Before you buy a used phone from and individual, read this message from DIC:
The Public is hereby WARNED never to buy any Electronic Gadget including Mobile Phones, Laptops, Television Sets(TV) 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 and other local or and National approvals. Always, when buying INSIST on issuance of a receipt clearly itemizing the particulars of the bought gadget. ALWAYS keep the receipt or secure it electronically by photographing it and archiving it among your photo albums either in your phone or laptop/desktop. It is Risky and very Dangerous to buy these electronics especially Phones, Laptops, Desktops or TVs from individuals or outlets that are suspicious. Most are those that receive/buy stolen items from Armed Gangsters who have Violently Robbed innocent Kenyans and most a times Kill or Maim in the course of dispossessing them in the robbery. DON’T buy an Electronic Gadget of a fellow maimed/killed Kenyan! When Police Forensically investigate and find you with a Phone, TV or a Laptop or any Electronic gadget stolen Violently from a slain Kenyan by the Robbers, by time it is established you were not involved in the crime, one may have suffered immensely. Being found with suspected stolen property, you suffer immediate consequences of the actual criminal not limited to being sentenced to death.
We urge Electronic Dealers/Merchants to seize the IT/ICT technology and ensure they mark at the counter every electronic gadget bought by a customer as a value added incentive with INDELIBLE initials as may please the customer for safety and security purposes. This makes it hard for Criminals to hawk it easily and easier for investigative agencies to track and identify.
Equally, owners can mark in same manner through many private experts in the market.
Incase of any doubt that you may be harboring any gadget of suspicious source, please and in confidence report to any Police Station or nearest DCI office”