and Ben Mugisha
HAKS Investments, a customs bonded warehouse operator, has boosted its business by strengthening security and safety mechanisms to prevent theft of vehicles and spare parts.
Opiro Constantine, the general manager, speaking from their offices in the industrial area in Kampala on Wednesday, said the security systems include the use of sophisticated dogs with their own guards.
This will cut the connnivance between the thugs and some guards at the bond, he added.
â€œWe have tamed vehicle spare-part thefts that were threatening our business. Thugs would vandalise vehicles from in the parking yard,â€ he said.
The company has also put in place CCTV cameras and an alarm system as a security backup.
Spare parts mostly stolen by the thugs are fuses, bulbs, side mirrors, which are sold locally or taken to the DR Congo and Sudan.
â€œThe thugs often visit the bond posing as potential customers. But we have trained our sales executives with skills of forestalling thefts and to be more vigilant,â€ he added.
Haks parking yard holds up to 700 vehicles and engineering plants.
Bonded warehouse tightens security