Keep valuables safe

2017-01-25 06:01

Incidents of theft out of motor vehicles are on the rise. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued tips that can help curb this crime.

As the owner of a motor vehicle, you are encouraged to:

  • Fit an alarm or anti-theft device.
  • Ensure doors are locked and the windows are closed when you leave your vehicle.
  • Do not leave your valuables (cellphone, laptop, handbag, etc.) in plain sight.

) Be aware of people coming up to you to talk; the intention can be to steal items they see inside the vehicle.

  • Avoid parking your vehicle where there are no security guards.
  • Parking area with a parking attendant or someone patrolling are best, otherwise try to park in locations that are well-lit and well-populated.

) Store luggage in the car’s boot, where it is out of sight, before parking.

  • Do not leave your firearm in the motor vehicle, even if it is hidden. This is against the law.

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