Toyotas targeted in city suburbs

2011-08-10 00:00

A SYNDICATE is believed to be targeting Toyota vehicles in the Pietermaritzburg area.

Chase Valley resident Gavin Longmore said 36 Fortuners, one Land Cruiser and one Hilux double cab have been stolen from Pietermaritzburg’s northern suburbs in the last three weeks.

Two discarded tracker devices were found in Edendale.

Nick Williamson, a resident in Underberg, has had two Toyota cars stolen from a property in Roberts Road, Clarendon, in the last week.

His wife had been staying there with her sister while visiting a relative in hospital when their Toyota Fortuner and their friend’s Toyota Hilux double cab were stolen.

“They broke through the security gate last Saturday night and took our car. My mother-in-law is a light sleeper and she didn’t hear a thing; no car alarm going off or anything being broken. The tracker device was found in Edendale.”

The second car was stolen from the same spot last Tuesday, three nights later.

He said that when he reported the theft police notified him that 28 vehicles had been stolen in Pietermaritzburg in the last five days.

Tracker CEO Gareth Crocker said it takes a very sophisticated syndicate to remove a tracking device from a car. Car thieves would have to locate the tracker, work exceptionally fast to remove the device and, depending on the type of device in the car, any equipment that is tampered with sends off an instant alert.

Chase Valley resident David Lambie’s Land Cruiser was stolen from his property during the night. The discarded tracker device was found in Edendale. Longmore, his neighbour, phoned his security company after the theft and was told that eight Toyota Fortuners had been stolen in the area.

Toyota spokesperson Leo Kok said Hiluxes and Fortuners have the greatest market share in their categories. “Since there are more of those vehicles on the road it would seem that those cars are being stolen more than others.”

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan could only confirm that one Fortuner had been stolen in the last two months.

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