Valuables fuel theft

2017-09-13 06:01

The Bloemfontein police call on vehicle owners to prioritise safety to help curb the escalating crime of theft out of vehicles and vehicle accessories.

Based on reported incidents at the police station in Park Road, the central business district (CBD) is the crime hub.

Col Thandi Mbambo, provincial police spokesperson, said the hotspots were parking areas in Nelson Mandela Drive near the Sars building, Melville Drive in Brandwag, Paul Kruger Street in Universitas, Charlotte Maxeke Street in the CBD and the Showgate Shopping Centre.

Theft out of vehicles in these areas is often due to valuables being left in plain sight.

Mbambo said criminals mostly target laptops, cellphones, tablets and handbags left in plain sight.

“Such items should be locked away in the boot, while doors and windows should be securely locked and double checked.”

According to police records, cases of theft out of motor vehicles are increasing on a daily basis.

“The police are determined to reduce it. However, we need the assistance of the public in this regard,” said Mbambo.

Mbambo further advised motorists and vehicle owners to mark their property and keep record of the serial numbers of their items, including electronic devices.

These can be written down somewhere safe to help with identification in the case of theft. Personal markings will assist in the recovery of stolen property.”

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