Spate of crime warning

2017-05-17 06:00

THE Pietermaritzburg police are warning residents and business owners to be cautious when parking their vehicles in the CBD.

Pietermaritzburg police station’s Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo said they have seen an increase in theft out of motor vehicles in Pietermaritz and Retief streets.

Khonjelwayo said people should avoid parking their vehicle where there are no security guards.

“Drivers should also ensure that they do not leave firearms in the cubbyhole or anywhere in the vehicle as this is against the law. They must ensure that before they leave the car, all doors and windows are properly closed and locked and that valuable items like laptops, cameras and bags are locked in the boot.”

Khonjelwayo also warned truck drivers not to leave their truck unlocked while delivering in the CBD.

“Vehicle owners must fit an alarm or anti-theft device in their car and only use parking lots with parking attendants or someone patrolling at all times.”

Another major concern in the city was business burglaries and urged business owners to take the necessary precautions in safeguarding their property.

“Businesses and residents are advised to make sure their properties are fully fenced with the possibility of security alarms. What is happening is that criminals seem to prefer going through the roof in order to gain entry into businesses, owners should take preventative measures like putting up structures on the roof, cordoning off the roof with barbed wire if possible to make sure the roof is not easily accessible.”

She suggested installing more upgraded CCTV cameras and a security system.

Police have warned motorists to refrain from using the thoroughfare at the intersection of Victoria and Retief streets that lead to the N3 freeway.

“Pedestrians and especially employees of the Liberty Mall should refrain because the area has not been designated as a thoroughfare nor has a sufficient lighting. Criminals are targeting employees and pedestrians after hours and escaping into the bush that surrounds the thoroughfare.”

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