Police warn of theft hot-spots

2016-09-22 09:36
Thieves grab purses, cellphones and wallets from unsuspecting motorists who leave their window open and doors unlocked

Thieves grab purses, cellphones and wallets from unsuspecting motorists who leave their window open and doors unlocked (File)

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Motorists and pedestrians have been urged to be extra vigilant at certain points in the city where police have noticed a spike in robberies.

One of these points, the N3 off­ramp at Chota Motala Road, has now become synonymous with opportunistic crimes as quick-fingered thieves grab purses, cellphones and wallets from unsuspecting motorists who leave their windows open and doors unlocked.

Pedestrians frequenting this area to and from work in the city have also fallen victim to knife-wielding robbers.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said officers have planned operations to stop the scourge. She said pedestrians and motorists were also being targeted in Raisethorpe, Eastwood, Woodlands, Willowton and Copesville. The common target seems to be cash and cellphones, grabbed through open windows.

The police have also asked people to report any information on drug dealers, stolen water meters, illegal shebeens and the theft of electronics like speakers and radios from motor vehicles. “When reporting an incident, the public should also keep in mind the times these crimes are occurring, so we can increase police visibility at strategic times when crimes are happening,” said Ebrahim.

Residents can contact the Mountain Rise police station duty officer at 079 500 1269.

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