Thieves on the hunt for older vehicles

2017-05-18 06:00

The police in Uitenhage are requesting the community to be more vigilant and to assist them to curb the theft of motor vehicles in the area.

According to police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart, a number of incidents have been reported to the Despatch and Uitenhage police that have occurred over the last few months, where older types of models (1980 to 2005) were stolen.

Vehicles that were stolen range from VW Golf, Isuzu bakkie, Toyota Corolla, Ford Bantam bakkie, Mazda and Fiat Uno.

“Theft of motor vehicles is becoming an increasing concern for the police and owners are requested once again to park their vehicles inside a complex, or in a garage and to install the necessary visible anti-theft devices.

“Car thieves tend to avoid cars with alarms or anti-theft devices because they attract attention when they go off and definitely assist as a deterrent,” said Captain Swart.

It is advisable able to install a vehicle immobilizer system such as fuel cut-offs and smart keys or a GPS tracking system. Drivers are also urged to make sure that their vehicles are locked when activating the remote locking devices.

Always park your car in a well-lit area and be aware of your surroundings. Try to park amongst other cars at shopping centres.

  • Report any suspicious behaviour to your local police station, Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211.

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