Stolen items may be at the station

2019-05-07 06:00

Muizenberg police have urged residents to write down serial numbers of, especially, electronic devices as soon as they buy them. The serial numbers or any other information makes the recovery process after a robbery easier.

Police continuously recover stolen goods as a result of vigilant and active patrolling, and also through close work with neighbourhood watch groups, who provide great help.

Although convictions are made with some of the arrests, it is often a difficult task to locate the original owners of the stolen items that are recovered after the criminals have been foiled.

In light of this, Captain Stephen Knapp would like to encourage the community to keep a detailed list of their goods.

He says: “We would like to encourage the community to keep a list of all serial numbers of their property, 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 when reporting a case or when identifying their stolen goods. It would also be beneficial if property is marked in a personalised manner so that it may be easily identifiable.”

According to Knapp this would not only alleviate the difficulty of returning the property to its owner, but would also allow police to pursue the suspects for conviction of the original offence such as robbery or housebreaking, among other criminal activities, and not only for the possession of the stolen goods they are found with.

A variety of confiscated items which include driver’s licenses, bank cards, identification documents, various electronic equipment, bicycles and more are currently in storage at the Muizenberg Police Station.

“Anybody who feels that they may be able to identify their goods is asked to please make an appointment with the SAP13 clerk, Sergeant Liezel George or Onalena George of the Muizenberg Police Station.”

Colonel Vassie Naidoo, station commander of Muizenberg police, also urges the community to refrain from purchasing stolen property and goods, and to report the offering thereof to their local police at their nearest police station.

V Contact Sergeant Liezel George or Onalena George on 021 787 9000/12 to book an appointment to recover stolen goods.

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