Know what is yours

2015-06-23 06:01

Residents are urged to keep a list of all serial numbers of their belongings to help the police in identifying stolen items.

Captain Stephen Knapp, spokesperson of the Muizenberg police, says they continuously recover stolen goods as a result of vigilant and active patrolling and with the help of the community.

“Although convictions are achieved, it is often a difficult task to locate the original owners of the stolen items,” he says.

Knapp says the police place notices on various media platforms to invite people to identify their property, but “this exercise has yielded little fruit”. They would like to encourage the community to keep a list of all serial numbers of their belongings and when purchasing new items to immediately write these down and keep them in a safe place.

“We furthermore urge them to provide this information to the police. It would also be beneficial if property is marked in a personalised fashion so that it may be easily identifiable,” he says. This will not only alleviate the difficulty of returning the item to its owner, but would also allow the police to pursue the suspects for conviction of the original offence such as robbery and housebreaking and not only for the possession of the stolen goods.

“Also note that when reporting a motor vehicle stolen, it is vitally important to produce your original registration papers as this will assist the police,” he says.

Colonel Ismail Daniels, station commander of the Muizenberg police, further urges the community to refrain from buying stolen property and report such offers to the police

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