Car guards a parking headache for motorists

2015-06-16 06:00

The community of Observatory and the police are working to make sure that the area is rid of illegal informal car guards.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Hilton Malila says during monthly sector forum meetings they received complaints about car guards demanding money.

It came to light that when some of them don’t get paid by motorists they become angry and aggressive towards the motorists. This has led to the decision that residents must report car guards who are not registered.

“We engage with the sector manager to arrest the car guards and to issue them with spot fines because they operate illegally. What they do is illegal because they don’t belong to a registered body or company that authorised them to park cars,” says Malila.

Several car guards were arrested last month and the police have vowed to continue to work hard to solve the problem. It is alleged that most of the car guards who were arrested have previous records of theft out of cars. Most of the areas where these car guards are offering their services have been hotspots for car break-ins.

Malila adds: “We know that some of the car parkers do that as a form of income in order to buy food, but there are those that do it to buy liquor and you find those that are doing it to commit a crime, so you cannot blame all the car guards for things that are going wrong in Observatory.”

Whenever the community experiences problems with car parkers that are demanding cash, they are urged to immediately report it to the police.

Malila says they want to make it clear that the community must remember one thing – that no-one can force money out of you for an open parking space, if not authorised to do so

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