Jamming devices a headache, says Petros

2012-11-06 19:55


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Johannesburg - The use of car-jamming devices to steal from vehicles remained a headache, Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said on Tuesday.

"This crime has been on the increase across shopping centres in the province. It is creating problems in Gauteng."
Petros presented an overview of the 2011/2012 crime statistics to the Gauteng community safety committee in Johannesburg.

Thieves use household remotes to block car remotes from locking vehicles, with the owner unaware that the car is unlocked.

They are then able to help themselves to valuables in the vehicle as soon as the owner walks away.

"These criminals know that when you park at a gym, you leave valuables behind in the car, and that is when they wait nearby, ready to strike."

Though police were working closely with security guards to fight the crime, motorists also had to be alert and make sure that their vehicles were locked before stepping away.

Other crimes on the increase were drug possession and dealing, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

"Drugs are an increasing crime that affects us all, especially young people. We also need the strengthening of community forums and... households to fight this."

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