Cars are too often the target

2015-09-29 06:00

A spike in crime has hit the Grassy Park precinct.

This has been confirmed by Grassy Park police station spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith.

Residents are now saying they are concerned about their safety as they do not want to become victims of crime.

A Lake Road resident who did not want to be named out of fear of victimisation says his car was broken into twice since January.

“With the first incident they shattered my driver-side window and took out my radio and items that were in the car. It happened in the middle of the night and the culprits have not been caught,” he says.

In a more recent incident the resident says his car battery was stolen during July.

“That happened during the day while my car was parked outside. I have no idea how they got it right but when I got to my car I saw the bonnet was ajar and immediately suspected something and soon after I realised my battery was stolen,” he adds.

Kleinsmith says the trend of theft out of cars in the area has spiked since August.

“Our office can confirm an increase in theft out of and theft from cars. This includes the likes of tyres and any items stolen off the outside of the car,” Kleinsmith says.

She adds some of the items stolen are tools – some left in company cars driven by residents and left in the cars overnight – like number plates, badges, wipers, hub caps, batteries, sound systems, petrol, tyres, computer equipment, laptops, flash drives, cellphones and electrical appliances.

Kleinsmith confirms a few arrests have been made.

Kleinsmith says police have increased stop and searches as well as patrols.

“We want to thank the neighbourhood watches in the respective areas as well as the communities that are joining hands in the fight against crime,” she says.

Kleinsmith advises if a car is parked outside to lock the steering wheel with a steering or gear lock.

“Try to park the car behind locked gates. Thieves also target car parks, so while using a public parking area, make sure it is well supervised, with restricted entry and exit points,” she adds.

“Also, remove all valuables while the car is unattended. A thief may not realise that the jacket on the back seat is worthless and may break in to search the pockets.

“The cost of replacing a broken window often exceeds the value of goods stolen,” she adds.

Do not keep any form of identification in your car that relates to your family or home.

“Rather keep such items on your body. And always remove radios or sound systems if possible.”

Grassy Park police urge the community to report and work with the police to apprehend suspects. V

Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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