Car theft in high gear

2017-08-15 06:01

Rondebosch police are investigating several car thefts and car break-ins following a spike in the number of cases reported.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam says about 12 incidents have been reported in two weeks. He says the thieves target Volkswagen cars and strip the cars’ chrome trims, front badges, hub caps, headlights and steering badges.

“A sudden increase in incidents is a concern. Please ensure that you park your car inside a locked garage or secure behind locked gates to avoid being targeted.

“Last week a 38-year-old man was caught in the act while attempting to break into a car in St Andrews Road in Rondebosch.

“Police responded to a complaint of a suspicious person in St Andrews Road. On arrival they observed a man running away from an Opel Corsa. The police chased the man and managed to catch him. On further investigation it was found that the driver’s door of the car had been forced open and the back seat was pushed down. The man was arrested and charged with attempted theft of a car.”

He says most car break-ins take place during the evenings between 18:00 and ­midnight.

Sisam says the most problematic areas are St Andrews, Erin, Main, Mount, Sandown, Boundary, Rowkoop and Reform roads in Rondebosch. According to Sisam, in three break-ins the theives use car jamming devices and stole items such as laptops and radios.

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