Call for increased safety after thefts

2015-05-05 06:00

Wynberg Police Station is urging residents to take responsibility of their actions and possessions as they have reported an increase in theft out of vehicles.

In the week of Sunday 19 April to last week Monday, several cases of theft out of vehicles in Main Road were reported.

Wynberg Police Cluster spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman says the cluster, which consists of 11 policing precincts with a jurisdiction ranging from Mowbray up to Hout Bay, has noticed a spike in cases of theft out of vehicles.

“The community is once again reminded to be more attentive in securing your vehicles and please not to leave valuables such as laptops, cameras, bags, cellular phones, GPS devices and jewellery in motor vehicles as this is presenting an opportunity for criminals to break into your motor vehicle to steal the items,” she warns.

The police are making an urgent plea to the community to be extremely vigilant when it comes to general safety, Latchman says the .

“Police have also picked up that suspects are now using remote control devices to jam your locking activation system in the vehicle,” she says.

Latchman says when motorists lock their vehicles and activate the alarms they must always physically check if their car doors are locked.

To prevent becoming a victim of crime, especially theft out of motor vehicles, Latchman suggests motorists keep vehicle doors locked and windows closed at all times.

“Do not leave valuable items in the motor vehicle,” she says.

“Under no circumstances keep cellular phones or handbags on the passenger seat.”

Motorists should always double check if the vehicle is locked after the alarm has been activated and should not park in isolated and poorly lit areas.

“Be alert and conscious of the immediate surroundings when approaching stop streets and traffic intersections,” she warns.

“We also urge motorists and residents to not stop directly behind another vehicle at traffic light and to leave a gap so that you have a chance of a quick get away if attacked.”

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