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Nigeria: Tech companies join force ‘to check car theft’

Nigeria: Tech companies join force ‘to check car theft’
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Carmudi, an online vehicle sales platform and Concept Nova, an IT and software developer say they have partnered to address car theft on major roads in Nigeria.

The collaborative effort by the companies has produced C-Protect, an invisible film that can be applied to car windows, windscreens and glass vents to make them shatter-proof. That way, the glass is protected from breaking “in the event of accidental break, vandalism or robbery”, the companies say.

The company says the partnership  will offer more protection for car owners in the country and also assist the security agencies in the fight against traffic robberies and car theft.

Carmudi Nigeria says its survey shows that car theft and traffic robberies in Lagos for December 2015 were over 300 cases of car theft, traffic robberies and breaking and entering of cars were recorded, “though unofficially.”

With 300 cases of car theft recorded in Nigeria, 45% of which occurred in Lagos state, despite the setting up of surveillance at hot spots damage to cars, Carmudi says the research showed an escalation of traffic robberies.

According to the e-commmerce company, breaking and entering of cars grew in the last quarter of 2015 with December having the highest figure.  The figure was placed at about 20 cases per week including traffic robberies and breaking and entering of parked cars.

The research also showed a reduction in cases of carjacking/hacking “which is a situation where the thief gains access to the car via remote control or reprogrammed key.”

Carmudi says this is a huge number when compared to other states in Nigeria and this has forced the law enforcement agencies to double surveillance and patrol of traffic prone areas such as Eko Bridge, Oshodi-Apapa express way, among other location and “has led to the apprehension of some of these criminals.”

“Carmudi Nigeria is not just focused on providing a fraud free platform for car buyers and sellers but we also make it a point of duty to partner with organizations that provide services and products that would benefit car buyers” Amy Muoneke, Managing Director, Carmudi Nigeria says.

Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng

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