Car thieves prefer the old standards

2015-07-28 14:18
The Diep River police successfully arrested a wanted suspect during a raid and found stolen goods to the value of R40?000. The arrest occurred during a joint operation between the police, a neighbourhood watch and private security companies. 

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The Diep River police successfully arrested a wanted suspect during a raid and found stolen goods to the value of R40?000. The arrest occurred during a joint operation between the police, a neighbourhood watch and private security companies. PHOT

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The Diep River police have reported that 18 vehicles were stolen this month, while property and contact crimes have decreased.

This was revealed at a joint meeting between the police, Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch and private security representatives.

Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson of the Diep River police station, said at the meeting the type of cars stolen include older model cars of Toyota Tazz, Golf and Nissan Sentra.

“The cars which have been stolen or reported stolen are mostly parked on the road which give criminals easy access to the vehicle,” he said.

He said the rate of recovering these type of stolen car models was “not so good”.

Chandler explained that many of the owners of the old model cars do not have trackers in their cars, making it difficult to locate them.

“We find that these type of models are usually stolen for car parts,” he said.

Chandler added that this specific crime was sporadic and happened all over the ­Diep River policing precinct, which included Plumstead and Meadowridge.

“We urge car owners to be vigilant and to ensure they secure their property to deter criminals from stealing it or attempting to steal it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police are also concerned about the number of break-ins at garages in complexes.

Chandler said there had been a spike in this crime, but that it was also sporadic.

“The police have determined that when there is a break-in reported at a garage in a complex that several of the garages are broken into in one day,” he said.

He urged residents to check the locks on their garages and to monitor the behaviour of people coming in and out of complexes.

In a separate report, the police recovered stolen goods to the value of R40 000.

Chandler said a raid resulted in the arrest of a wanted suspect and the recovery of goods. The stolen items have been identified by the complainant

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