Easy pickings from cars

2017-01-31 06:01

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Police are warning the public about an increase in thefts from cars since the start of the new year.

Rondebosch police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam warns the public about leaving valuables in their cars after a recent spate of incidents in the area.

“People must be aware of what they leave in their cars to avoid becoming a victim,” he says.

On Sunday 22 January a Toyota Yaris was parked in Station Road at about 19:30. When the owner returned to the car at 06:45 the next day, he discovered that the driver side window was smashed and some items had been stolen.

“On the same day a car was broken into in Burg Road, Rosebank, while it was parked between 18:00 and 05:00 the following day. The driver side window was broken and clothing inside the car had been stolen.

“Another incident on the same say saw a driver return to his car parked in Sunnyside Terrace in Rouwkop Road. He had parked the car at 21:15 and when he returned at 22:15 he discovered broken glass next to the car with the left side window broken. Property stolen include camping chairs, Garmin GPS equipment, a Leatherman knife, compressor, a toolkit to the value of R1750, kitchen equipment, a cooler bag, sunglasses, suitcases with clothes and compact discs to the value of R3000.”

Sisam adds that the spree continued the next day.

“The problems started very early on Monday 23 January when the victim and a friend parked at Rondebosch Common to go for a run at 07:30,” he says. “She placed her handbag in the boot but when they returned at about 09:00 it was removed; yet there was no sign of any forced entry.

“In another incident at 16:30 a silver grey Chevrolet was parked in Weltevreden Road. When the owner returned to his vehicle at 17:30 the left front door was forced open. His iPhone, wallet with cards and cash had been stolen.

“Our advice to the public is that all property be removed from any parked car and encourage drivers to ensure that they park in a secure parking area and behind locked gates at night.”

Sisam adds that while these incidents are a cause for alarm police have also had some successes in fighting crime.

“On Tuesday 17 January at 02:45 officers were busy patrolling in Sandown Road when they noticed a man walking with two bags on his back and carrying a black plastic box in his hands. They asked him to stop but he kept on walking. One of the officers, Constable Theopelus Dyira, left the patrol van and followed him but he kept on walking. When they eventually stopped him, the officers found a projector, speakers, an Eveready music player, cables, remotes, screwdriver and a bunch of keys in his possession. The 42-year-old suspect from Athlone could not explain how he came to be in possession of the items and was arrested for possession of possible stolen property and possession of housebreaking instruments.”

A similar thing happened on Thursday 19 January when police were patrolling in Campground Road at about 04:00. They noticed a suspicious man walking in the area.

“The officers stopped to observe the man and when he saw the van he became very nervous, constantly looking behind him.

“He could not give a good reason for why he was walking around so late and where he was going so the officers had good reason to search him. The 40-year-old man was found in possession of a small amount of tik and a knife.”

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