Increase in theft of vehicles a concern to Despatch police

2015-08-06 06:00

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Police in Despatch are concerned about the sudden increase in the theft out of motor vehicles in their area and send a stern warning to the public to be more alert when they park their vehicles.

“A number of incidents have been reported to police where valuables were left inside the vehicle and suspects gained entrance to the vehicles and stole these valuables,” said police spokesperson W/O Gerda Swart.

“Owners are requested to double check and ensure that the vehicle is actually properly locked before leaving.”

Police also want to provide the following safety hints:

*Do not leave your vehicle unlocked when you are away from it, even for only a short period.

*Make sure all windows and doors are secured before leaving the vehicle.

*Do not leave your property (including loose change, shopping bags, etc) in plain view in your vehicle.

*Take your valuables with you or secure them in the glove box or in the boot compartment.

*Do not store valuables whilst in the parking lot, as thieves could be monitoring the area and see exactly what you are doing.

*Park your vehicle in the garage and do not leave it in the drive way or in front of your home.

*Always remove radios, CDs, etc, if possible.

*Be on the lookout for someone who is acting suspiciously and report it to the police

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