Watch the mags on that car, say police

2015-05-12 06:00
Cars’ tyres and mags are the target of thieves in many communities.

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Cars’ tyres and mags are the target of thieves in many communities. PHOTO for illustration

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Several car owners have reported that their cars’ mags have been stolen and the bodies of their cars severely damaged in the process.

Warrant officer Keith Chandler of the ­Diep River police station says six cases of stolen property were reported in the last two weeks.

“We are aware of this trend and are closely monitoring it through our investigations,” he says.

Chandler says the cases reported came from four residents in Meadowridge, one in Constantia and one in Plumstead.

“We are, however, monitoring the Wynberg, Kirstenhof, Bergvliet and Upper Wynberg communities as well,” Chandler says.

He says it does not mean that the theft is only occurring in these three reported areas, but could occur in the neighbouring communities too.

“We cannot say it is an isolated crime only focused on the Diep River precinct, but we are definitely broadening our investigations to see if it has occurred anywhere else and perhaps we can find a link,” he says.

Chandler says the incidents occur mostly during the early hours of the morning and in vulnerable spots. “We find that the vehicles targeted are the ones parked in a driveway that has no form of security wall or gate or in the street,” he says.

The value of the mags stolen are between R5000 and R20 000.

“Some of the tyres and mags can go for about R4500 per set. Obviously there is a market for this kind of goods, which is why this type of crime is being carried out,” he says.

Chandler says what is concerning to the police as well as residents is the state in which the cars are left after the tyres and mags have been removed.

“It seems to us like the suspects jack the car up, remove the tyres and the mags and drop the car flat on the ground,” he says.

Chandler says keeping into account the value of the mags the car owners now also need to fork out cash to pay for the damage to the body of the vehicles.

“One particular make of a vehicle is popular, which is the Golf GTI with run-flat tyres, as these tyres and mags come at an extremely high price,” he says.

Chandler urges residents to report suspicious behaviour and to monitor their cars and carefully consider where to park them.

“Residents need to ensure that their cars are parked in a safe place to deter criminals from attempting to try and steal their property.”

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