Increase in robberies, theft in Bloemfontein
Stop walking in secluded areas as it gives criminals an opportunity to rob you and make a quick getaway. Also, be aware when in crowded areas
PARK road police in Bloemfontein have issued a stern warning to residents and students about an increase in common robberies in Bloemfontein central as well as theft out of motor vehicles.
Police spokesperson Const Peter Kareli said both crimes have no specific times as they happen during the day and at night.
He said cellphones, laptops and all other portable electronic devices were being targeted, mostly while pupils and students travel to and from schools and universities.
“As the police in ParkRoad, we are pleading with students not to walk in the streets with headsets visible as that indicates what type of cellphone they are in possession of. Stop walking in secluded areas as it gives criminals an opportunity to rob and make a quick getaway. Also, be aware when in crowded areas,” Kareli said.
“People allege that they leave their laptop bags to go and get something quickly from the grocery store and upon their return they find their vehicles have been broken into and their belongings stolen.
“We also urge motorists to stop leaving valuable items in plain sight, they must, at all times, lock them in the vehicle’s storage compartment or in the boot.” He also warned motorists to stop leaving valuable items on the car seat or on the centre console of the car as they attracted unwanted attention.
“Check your vehicle doors twice after locking them with a remote to thwart remote jammers. Move around and check if other doors they are locked and properly closed before moving off. Be aware of what is going on around you and report suspicious movements to the nearest police station,” Kareli said.
He said several cases had been opened where students were robbed, or motorists lost their belongings due to theft.
Kareli urged all residents to be responsible by following the safety measures.
VIGILANCE REQUEST: Police have warned motorists to not put valuable items on their car seats to avoid smash and grab incidents.