Drivers warned of thefts

2016-08-02 06:00
Brigadier Nokuthula Mzila newly appointed Wynberg police station commander, Warrant officer Zokwanda Mosho, Warrant officer Goliath Botman and at the back is Sylvino Davids.

Brigadier Nokuthula Mzila newly appointed Wynberg police station commander, Warrant officer Zokwanda Mosho, Warrant officer Goliath Botman and at the back is Sylvino Davids.

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Wynberg police went out to the streets distributing pamphlets and educating motorists about safety tips when parking their cars.

The pamphlet drive and walk about was done on Wednesday 27 July. Wynberg police spokesperson Lieutenant Ntomboxolo Nqunqeka says there has been an increase of car theft and theft out of motor vehicles. “Thieves are targeting all valuables that are left lying in the car. A simple example is when we were doing our walk about, an Audi Q5 was parked at a shop’s parking lot and all the valuables were left in the car including luggage. We tried to locate the owner unfortunately we couldn’t. These are the things that attract criminals,” she says.

Though contact crime has decreased in the precinct by 19.5% compared to the same month last year, the increase in vehicle thefts is alarming and motorists have to be careful, says Nqunqeka.

Nqunqeka says theft out of cars and theft of cars has become a major concern for them.

“Theft from and theft out of motor vehicles is escalating in the area. Motorist are urged to remove all the valuables like laptops, laptop bags, CDs, cellphones, handbags and jackets lying in the car. We are advising that motorist must lock all these in the boot of their cars,” she adds.

“When parking, people must park their cars in well lit area at night. They must also park in visible areas. Make sure that the doors are all locked by ensuring that by hand.”

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