Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at the STABEX Petrol Station, along Katosi road, Nakisunga Sub-county, in Mukono district.
The incident happened at around 2.40 pm on Friday.
Police say their preliminary investigations indicate that a group of thugs armed with hammers, iron bars, and machetes attacked the petrol station and beat up the security guards and pump attendants.
The gang then broke into the office to access the safe but failed to break it.
“They instead destroyed the camera system and carried away the DVR, CPU, and monitor. They also robbed a phone and a rifle from the guard, which they abandoned at a distance of about 300 metres. The gun was loaded with two live ammunition, the CPU, and the monitor were recovered, “says police.
According to police, the attack indicates that proprietors, station managers, staff, and private guards are not observing the security guidelines issued to them, like security guards being on the look-out for people walking towards them, sufficient manpower at night, regular inspection, and the use of alarm bells and intruder alarms.
“Where security is not sufficient enough, they were advised to close the fuel station during the night,” says police.