Car badges targeted

2017-11-29 06:02
Photo: Boipelo Mere

Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Stealing car badges has become a fast-growing petty crime used to make a quick buck.

The reality is that any driver could become a victim, as the thieves seem to be operating both during the day and at night, as well as on parking lots and inside yards.

Car owner Lentikile Aaron, who lives in Galeshewe, says that he has come to the sad conclusion that reporting this type of crime would just be a waste of time and effort.

He says that he was not even aware that his VW car badge had been stolen until his son pointed it out to him one morning.

“I was shocked to realise that this had happened to me, even though I keep my car locked inside my garage whenever I am home,” Aaron says.

He reveals how he spent the day in a meeting in the Kimberley Central Business District (CBD), where he parked his car in an unattended parking lot.

“From there I drove to fetch my son from school, and then straight home to park my car until the next day,” he says.

He has had to face the reality that he is just one of the victims, because soon after another driver, whose badge had also been stolen, offered to sell him a second-hand badge as replacement.

He learnt that the badges sell for R150 on the streets.

“The driver told me he had bought that one from a man on the street, but it could not fit onto his car,” Aaron says.

Another driver, Ernest Dreyers from Kimberley, says he assumes his Toyota car badge was stolen inside the yard at home.

“I had washed and polished the car the night before and in the morning the badge was gone,” says Dreyers.

“I did not report it to the police, because I do not expect the police to take this as a serious case.”

No cases of this nature have been reported to the police in Galeshewe and the police would not elaborate on the nature of the seriousness of the matter.

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