Parking marshals jam thieves’ plans

2016-09-13 06:00
Fudu Tamududi and Mubana Ticker, with CPF chairperson Nicola Jowell and acting station commander Colonel Andries Roziers.

Fudu Tamududi and Mubana Ticker, with CPF chairperson Nicola Jowell and acting station commander Colonel Andries Roziers.

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Two CBD parking attendants have been lauded for helping the fight against crime.

The Cape Town Central Community Policing Forum (CPF) recently rewarded Fudu Tamududi and Mubana Ticker, who both work for Street Parking Solutions, for stepping in during recent incidents involving the use of car remote jammers.

Tamududi realised that one of the cars had two men in it that were not the people who had parked or paid for the parking. He bravely confronted them and made them stay inside the vehicle until he could alert the police. Both suspects were arrested.

Ticker confronted a suspect as he left a parked vehicle, who was trying to make off with two laptops that he had stolen. Ticker managed to recover the stolen items and waited for the owner of the vehicle to come back. He stayed two hours after his shift but they did not return. He was able to keep the laptops safe and the next day they were returned to their owner.

CPF chairperson Nicola Jowell says although it is difficult to track the exact number of remote jamming incidents, it is “happening daily in our precinct and on the increase”. “It is happening on busy and quiet city streets, inside shopping mall parking and even on quiet suburban roads. We need to implore to the public to not leave anything in their cars – hidden under the seats or even locked into the boot. A remote jamming criminal will be able to access all parts of your car. Once you have pressed your key to lock the car, please actually check the doors,” she says.

Although there have been some arrests of these suspects, it will not stop the increasing trend, Jowell says, which makes partnerships with all role players all the more vital.

“There is no doubt that being one of the parking marshals is not an easy job – collecting money from the public is not always easy, especially when it is something that people see as a grudge purchase. There is also the perception that these marshals take your money but turn a blind eye to incidents of crime that could happen to your vehicle. These two men went far beyond their duty and put themselves in danger to assist strangers who had been victims of crime,” she says.

“It is all too easy for us to do what appears to be the easiest thing: turn a blind eye and not get involved. But (these two men) show what an impact it can have if we are looking out for one another. We also hope that the award will serve to not only thank these two men for their actions but also to inspire and motive the other men and women that they work with to do the same.”

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