Fake US dollar notes hit Marondera from areas such as Chitungwiza and Epworth.

Business people and the local community here are reported to have lost thousands of dollars after falling prey to conmen who have been circulating counterfeit US dollar notes in recent weeks.

Dunmore Mutyambizi, the chairperson of the Marondera Crime Consultative Committee, told members during a recent meeting that they had noted a marked increase in the circulation of fake US dollar bills with unsuspecting local traders and residents being the most affected.
Fake US dollar notes hit Marondera from areas such as Chitungwiza and Epworth.
"I urge the business community to use appropriate technology to verify the authenticity of notes as counterfeit money has been circulating in the town in recent weeks," Mutyambizi said.

He said as a result, the town had recorded an increase of crime by 12 percent as compared to last year during the same period.

Mutyambizi said besides the increase in the circulation of fake notes, the town had also recorded an increase in the theft of Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company's (ZETDC) copper cables.

He said theft of the cables had resulted in most businesses going for weeks without electricity, thereby affecting their operations.

Most of the criminals targeting Marondera were coming from areas such as Chitungwiza and Epworth, which are close to the town.

"We are therefore appealing to the police to curb these illegal activities by increasing roadblocks along roads leading into Marondera,” Mutyambizi said.

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