Smash and grab hotspot identified

2019-04-10 06:02
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HEAD of corporate communications for the Mountain Rise Police Station Brigadier P. Pillay has issued an urgent warning to members of the public to be vigilant as a number of smash and grabs have been reported over the last few months, especially at the N3 Chota Motala Road off-ramp and Willowton.

The Maritzburg Fever recently reported on a matter where a woman was robbed of her phone while waiting for the traffic light to turn green on the N3 Chota Motala off-ramp at night. The woman’s windows were slightly open and she was assaulted when a man reached into her car to grab her phone.

Pillay, said that, whether your vehicle is moving or stationery, motorists needed to bear the following in mind:

• Lock all your doors and close all windows

• Don’t have bags, cellphones, briefcases or other valuables visible inside your vehicle

• Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking characters. Don’t hesitate to report them to SAPS

• When approaching a red traffic light at night, slow down so as that you only reach it when it turns green therefore do not need to stop.

• Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger.

• If you encounter obstacles in the road such as rocks or tyres, do not get out of your vehicle to remove them. Immediately reverse and drive off in the opposite direction.

• Thieves target car parks. Always park your car in attended parking lots and when parking at night, ensure that you always park in a well lit area.

• Never sit in your vehicle without being fully conscious of your surroundings. Sleeping in a stationary vehicle is particularly dangerous.

• Always remove radios, CDs or cassette players, if possible.

• Never leave any children alone in a vehicle

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