Local police warn of spike in theft out of vehicles
Regular readers of the Advertiser will have noticed that there has been a marked increase in thefts from vehicles in recent weeks, and with the approach of the festive season, the problem is likely to increase.
Graaff-reinet SAPS have suggested some preventative measures which should be taken by motorists to try to avoid becoming victims of this crime. Some seem obvious, but are worth repeating as many drivers have become careless, living in a small town with relatively little crime compared to the big cities.
The first reminder is to always ensure that all doors are locked and windows closed when the vehicle is parked. Newer model vehicles almost all have an electronic key, and it is very important to check that the vehicle is properly locked before walking away. It is very easy for criminals to block the electronic signal with a remote, as seen on the video on the Graaff-reinet SAPS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ groups/ 328258271086259/
It is also common sense to make sure that no valuables are visible to the naked eye, such as cell phones, handbags, briefcases, or even groceries. Lock valuables in the boot of the car or hide them behind the seat in a bakkie. Always remove radios, CD or MP3 players, and even items of clothing, and take them out of the car or hide them.
A valuable tip is that should there be any valuables that need to be locked or hidden away, try to hide them BEFORE parking the vehicle, perhaps stopping in a different street first to do this.
SAPS also advises drivers to always park in a well-lit area at night. “You should be constantly on the lookout for suspiciouslooking persons in the area where you are parked, and do not hesitate to call the police if you are concerned,” said a representative of SAPS.
Finally, the recommendation is made that rather than park in the street, drivers should, if possible,
park in a car park where there is an official attendant who looks after the vehicles. This is particularly relevant outside the big supermarkets in town, where self-appointed “car guards” in the main streets in front of the stores cause many problems.
Graaff-reinet SAPS contact details are 10111 or 049 807 1116.