The Table Bay Harbour police say there has been a crime spike in the Waterfront precinct and asks that tourists and shoppers be vigilant.
Station commander Lt Col Henry Heydenrych says theft out of motor vehicles and theft from restaurants are often being reported.
Heydenrych says: “Motorists need to make sure that they lock their vehicles and close all the windows. If they do leave valuable things behind, this must be locked away in the boot.”
He says motorists need to be especially vigilant of signal jammers. “Don’t walk away from the vehicle and then activate the alarm. Do it while you are standing next to your car and make sure the doors are locked.”
Heydenrych added that there has been cases reported where motorists returned to their vehicle to find that their valuables have been stolen because the car was not locked.
Sgt Shanaaz Filander, sector manager, says: “Often we do patrols on the Waterfront and we find that people are leaving their bags, cell phones or other valuables unattended. Criminals are always lurking around, so they need to take more caution.”
Filander says people tend to be in a relaxed mode and forget to keep things like their handbags, cell phones, laptops and camera’s close by.
Heydenrych has a stern warning for people making use of cyberspace to buy items. “If you are buying or selling an item on Gumtree, when you are the seller make sure that the money is reflected in your bank account first before you do the hand-over. The same rule should apply to those buying things.”
The officer added that crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.