Increase in theft out of vehicles

2015-05-14 06:00

Police in Uitenhage are concerned regarding the alarming increase in the theft out of motor vehicles in the area.

A number of incidents have been reported to police where valuables were left inside vehicles and suspects gained entrance to it and stole these valuables.

“Owners are requested to double check and ensure that the vehicle is actually properly locked before leaving.

“We want to warn the public to be more alert when they park their vehicles,” said police spokesperson W/O Gerda Swart.

The Police also provided the following safety hints:

*Do not leave your vehicle unlocked when you are away from it, even for only a short period.

*Make sure all windows and doors are secured before leaving the vehicle.

*Do not leave your property (including loose change, shopping bags, etc) in plain view in your vehicle.

*Take your valuables with you or secure them in the glove box or in the boot compartment.

Do not do this in the parking lot, as thieves could be monitoring the area.

*Be on the lookout for someone who is acting suspiciously and report it to the police.

)Be aware of your surroundings and report criminal activity to the SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111; Crime Line 32211; or your nearest police station

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