UKZN students victims of car theft

2008-09-14 00:00

Students on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus are vulnerable to vehicle theft, with numerous instances of such crime reported every year.

The latest victim said he was “shocked” when he realised that his vehicle was stolen from the campus parking lot on Thursday evening.

When he approached the Golf Road parking lot at about 7 pm, Rahiman Amond (38) said he found an empty space where he had left his Toyota Corolla about two hours earlier. He was going home after his last lecture for the evening. He is studying towards a certificate in business administration.

“I don’t understand why no one saw when it was broken into because it has a gear lock, which makes it difficult to steal,” said Amond, who lives in Scottsville.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said several vehicles have been stolen from the parking lot over the past three months.

After realising that his vehicle was stolen, Amond reported the matter to the campus’s risk management, before going to the Alexandra Police Station. Later, officers from the university came to take statements from him.

“I’m not sure how strong the campus security is in that area, but there is a car guard who I always see directing cars,” said Amond.

Amond, who works for a bank in the city, said he is now forced to walk all the way from the city centre to his home and the campus. He bought the vehicle in 2001.

Following the vehicle theft incidents, Jeevan said police are patrolling the area on a regular basis.

“About two suspects were arrested about two weeks ago in connection with vehicle theft in that area.

“We are also appealing to students to be vigilant and take necessary precautions when leaving their vehicles in that area,” said Jeevan.

bhans@witness.co.za

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