New ‘recall’ method used by car thieves

2017-10-11 06:01

PIETERMARITZBURG police have issued a warning to drivers and companies about a new method that is being used by criminals to steal cars.

Loop Street Police Station spokesperson Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo said criminals now represent themselves as agents from a car dealership. “They will make up stories that they are recalling the vehicle from the owner because it has been established that there is a factory fault. After they receive the keys, you will never see them or the vehicle again.

“We are appealing to the public to be extra careful and not give anyone the car keys before verifying that the information is legit, whether the vehicle belongs to the owner or company,” said Khonjelwayo.

• Do not leave your vehicle unlocked, even if you think you will be away for only a minute.

• Avoid stopping in remote places and park your vehicle in well-lit areas.

• Do not give strangers a lift.

• Do not open your garage doors before your property gate is closed.

• If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to show if anyone is following you into the garage.

• Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along.

• Car hijackers may stage a minor accident in order to approach a car. If being hijacked, do not reach for your purse or valuables, leave everything behind if forced from the car.

• Do not resist, especially if the thief has a weapon.

• Give up your vehicle with no questions asked and move away.

• If possible, install a tracker in your car.

• Remember, your life is more valuable than your possessions.

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