Woman shocked to find car stolen from testing centre parking

2010-03-01 00:00

MEMBERS of the public who park their cars in the public parking area at the Mkondeni Testing Station should be aware that the parking is not safe, as thieves are stealing vehicles from inside the grounds, says the latest victim.

Since December, at least two cars have reportedly been stolen from the parking area, with the latest incident of theft occurring in the past two weeks.

Belinda Wesch, whose Nissan Sentra was stolen recently, said she got the shock of her life to find her car missing from the parking area inside the grounds. She said the incident has made her question the level of security at the testing station.

Wesch said she and her son went to Mkondeni to renew her licence and book for her son’s licence test. They spent about 15 minutes inside the offices. When her son went back to their car to retrieve some documents, it was gone.

“It was stolen from inside the yard of the testing station,” said Wesch, who was left stranded. An officer at the testing grounds drove her to the police station, where she opened a case of theft.

She said the officer described the parking area as a security risk.

“The officer told me that my car was not the first car to be stolen from that parking area.”

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesman Collin Govender said they were aware of the theft that had taken place. He said it was not the first time that a car had been stolen inside the testing grounds.

“Another car was stolen inside the testing grounds in December last year, so the latest theft is the second that we are aware of.” He said they would look into strengthening their security system.

“The theft inside the grounds is very brazen. We do have security in the area. But we will look at strengthening it, and we will look into including even the South African Police Service to patrol the area randomly,” said Govender.

The police confirmed that the car had been stolen within 15 minutes after it was parked.

Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said a case of theft has been opened and the police are investigating.

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