Unmarked wheelie bins easy to steal

2015-10-27 06:00

Many wheelie bins have been stolen in the area, reports Hout Bay police. And they have made an effort to address such property-related crime.

However, Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, police spokesperson, says the community’s help is needed to prevent this type of crime.

“Police suggest that bins only be put out on collection day and not the evening before. Bring the bins back in again on the same day after collection. Mark your wheelie bin – if the wind blows it down the road, it would not go far,” she says.

She has more tips:

Theft of handbags at restaurantsLesch says it has become a trend for women’s handbags to be stolen from restaurants and beaches. It has been noticed that this crime is committed by women, and sometimes children.

“Always keep your handbag close to you and do not leave it open; it only takes a few seconds to snatch a phone from a handbag.”

Theft out of cars Lesch advises motorists to not leave any valuable items inside their cars, even if they park for only a few minutes. Laptops, cellphones, clothes, shoes, radio faces, CDs and GPSs are amongst the reported items being stolen from cars.

“GPS holders are left on the windows; criminals break windows to check if the GPS is under the seat of the car or in the glove compartment,” she says.

When you park your car at a mall, ensure that it is locked by trying to open your door.

“It was discovered that criminals are making use of a jamming device that blocks the signal to lock your car,” she says.

Street robberiesLesch advises that people take note of their surroundings when walking alone or waiting at a bus stop. Do not walk in deserted or dark areas, she urges.

“You could be exposing yourself to potential danger. Criminals are opportunistic and will take advantage of any situation,” she says.

House robberiesLesch says victims have reported that suspects gain entry to houses through sliding doors and windows that have been left open or are unlocked.

“Make sure that alarms and beams are activated as this will act as an early warning. When leaving your home or returning, be vigilant and report strangers hanging around your property,” she says. V Report any suspicious activities in your neighbourhood to Hout Bay police on 021 791 9300 or Watchcon on 021 790 9333.

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