THE Hillcrest police would like to warn the community to be more vigilant and not become victims of pickpocketing and theft especially while shopping this festive season.
Police spokesperson for Hillcrest SAPS constable N Manqele stated that criminals also often target when shopping malls are busy and criminals have easy access to hand bags. Criminals also target small businesses when they know they will be paying staff wages or bonuses.
“These businesses pay their workers directly and they often become targets of criminals. We urge businesses to arrange that their workers’ wages are paid into their bank accounts.
“It is not advisable to carry large sums of money in public and members of the community need to exercise precautionary measures when doing their shopping,” Manqele said.
He offered some tips to the community so they can avoid becoming victims, “Do not let anyone to assist you when you are at the ATMS and be careful with your surroundings,” he said.
“Do not leave valuable items in the car like laptops, cash, phones and also when you are locking your car make sure that you double check that it is properly locked by pulling the handle.”
Manqele said that the SAPS are receiving the high volume of cases where people are being remote jammed while they are shopping. “If you see any suspicious action around shopping centre parking lots please contact the police immediately before you being the victim of crime.”
To report cases of theft SAPS can be contacted on 031 765 9124.