Mark your valuable items

2015-05-05 06:00

Residents in the Grassy Park precinct have been warned to remain vigilant and to take care when leaving vehicles unattended.

Grassy Park station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk confirmed there has been a spike in property related crimes especially theft out of motor vehicles.

“We have noticed an increase in these incidents in the past few months. We ask our residents and motorists to ensure they lock away their valuables or stash it out of sight,” Van Wyk says.

According to Van Wyk they are monitoring the situation and encourage people to report any such incidents.

“Motorists must also try to ensure that they uniquely mark their belongings such as car batteries as well. This will help the police identify the owners so they can investigate the case successfully,” he says.

Van Wyk suggested when marking car batteries that owners have either unique name or numbers etched into the plastic of the battery.

“By doing this you are making it more difficult for a criminal. They can easily remove tippex or permanent markers that is written on the battery,” he says.

Van Wyk also commended the community for coming forward with information regarding crime-related incidents.

“On Wednesday a well-known gangster was at the Wynberg Magistrates Court for a bail hearing.

The community however stood together and went to court to oppose the bail application, Van Wyk says.

“Bail was denied and they were elated. We need our community to continue taking this stance toward crime in their neighbourhoods,” he says.

Van Wyk has encouraged reluctant residents to bring forward any information regarding crime so harsher sentences can be secured against the perpetrators posing threats to the community.

“We do still find that some people are scared to report crimes in their area, especially after shootings.

“They have a lot to say before the police arrive but are reluctant to give information that could prove vital for investigations,” Van Wyk says.

Residents have also been warned to put away their cellphones when walking in the road as this makes them easy targets.

“We reiterate that residents shouldn’t walk with their cellphones showing as opportunistic thieves prey on this sort of thing. Jewellery items must also be stashed away,” Van Wyk adds

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