Arrests see drop in theft

2016-08-30 06:00

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Theft out of motor vehicles in the Sea Point precinct has dropped by over 14% following renewed focusing on hotspots in the area.

The drop comes after several arrests by local police officers.

Station commander Colonel Maehla Lento confirmed the station had recorded the 14% decrease in the crime category, saying police have been focused on reducing the number of incidents.

“The decrease can be attributed to the fact that we have focused our resources in the identified hotspots. Our efforts have paid off (as seen in) the decrease and we have had very good arrests,” he says.

On Sunday 21 August, five people were arrested through the assistance of the licence plate recognition (LPR) camera network in the precinct.

The LPR cameras track licence plates of vehicles entering and leaving the precinct, alerting police and the Sea Point Improvement District safety officers to any vehicles known to be associated with criminal activity.

The arrest of the five accused took place around 17:45 on Main Road in Sea Point, when their Avanza Taxi was flagged as carrying suspicious men known to be operating with remote jammers, which are utilised to steal from the motor vehicles, Lento says.

Stop-and-search operations saw a man arrested on Sunday at around 02:30 in Antrim Road for carrying implements used to break into vehicles.

Another suspect was arrested for carrying implements used to break into vehicles on Monday 22 August in York Road in Green Point.

Arrests were also made by local neighbourhood watch members on Wednesday 23 August in Pine Road on related charges, Lento says.

“Theft out of motor vehicles is a serious challenge in our area. It has become a soft target since the vehicles are often parked outside the premises. We encourage the community to be more vigilant and to make sure that their vehicles are properly locked,” he says.

“Report any suspicious behaviour to police and we encourage the community to participate in the neighbourhood watch structures. The neighbourhood watch is an important investment in communities that want to rid themselves of crime.”

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