Car theft a trend in Lansdowne

2015-07-07 06:00
Lansdowne police have confirmed an increase in the theft of motor vehicles in the precinct. Motorists have been advised to put in preventative measures against having their vehicles stolen.

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Lansdowne police have confirmed an increase in the theft of motor vehicles in the precinct. Motorists have been advised to put in preventative measures against having their vehicles stolen. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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Police have confirmed an increase in the theft of cars in the Lansdowne area.

This has sparked concern with the Lansdowne police station.

“These vehicles are being stolen from the driveways, some parked on roads, in business areas and also on the railway parking bays,” police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka says.

Asked what is being done to curb crime and especially car theft, Mnyaka says: “We have increased our police visibility. We also have joint operations with metro police and traffic services which resulted in more arrests on drunken driving cases for the past two weekends.”

Mnyaka confirms 21 drunken driving cases were registered on Saturday 20 June and 19 cases were opened the weekend before.

“In this regard we can say intensive patrols are taking place to curb the theft of motor vehicles,” Mnyaka says.

Lansdowne police station commander Colonel Jan Alexander urges car owners to safeguard their cars: “Ensure that your vehicle has an alarm system, gorilla lock and or other devices which can prevent the theft of your vehicle.”

Mnyaka has also urged homeowners to not give any kind of food to vagrants: “Some people or so-called beggars have ulterior motives in the sense that they are being used by criminals to check the house,” he says.

In relation to the escalation in crime, ­Mnyaka confirms Lansdowne Road is a hotspot for crime “especially with business robberies”, adding that the foreign spaza shops are targets as well as common robberies occurring at the railway stations

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