Ve­hi­cle-re­lated crime a grow­ing of­fence in city

Pretoria News - - METRO - LIAM NGOBENI [email protected]

MO­TOR ve­hi­cle-re­lated crime has once again been flagged by the SAPS and Fi­delity ADT as a grow­ing con­cern in the city.

In re­cent months, there has been a grow­ing spate of theft of ve­hi­cles or theft out of the ve­hi­cles.

The crim­i­nals tar­get univer­sity stu­dents who park on pave­ments, dog parks and se­cluded park­ing ar­eas.

“While proac­tive pa­trolling by com­mu­nity polic­ing fo­rums and se­cu­rity com­pa­nies is keep­ing pres­sure on crim­i­nals, ve­hi­cle crime is on the in­crease,” said Char­nel Hat­tingh, of Fi­delity ADT.

“We have seen in­ci­dents from as early as 8am, and th­ese con­tinue through­out the day un­til 9pm.”

She said res­i­dents had to be vig­i­lant. “The most pop­u­lar cars to steal from in­clude Corol­las, Yaris and Po­los.

“Un­for­tu­nately, res­i­dents are too com­pla­cent when it comes to mov­able prop­erty out­side their se­cu­rity perime­ter.”

Hat­tingh en­cour­aged res­i­dents to park in­side their perime­ter se­cu­rity if pos­si­ble and, if not, en­sure that they do not leave any valu­ables in their ve­hi­cles if they are parked on the pave­ment.

“It’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant not to leave any valu­able items in­side the car where they can be seen from the win­dow. Rather lock th­ese items in the boot.”

She added that res­i­dents should en­sure their ve­hi­cles were locked when parked at shop­ping malls, schools and busi­nesses. “Re­mote jam­ming to block or jam the lock­ing mech­a­nism of mo­tor ve­hi­cles has un­for­tu­nately be­come an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence.

“Al­ways check that the car is locked by test­ing the door.”

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Co­lette Weil­bach said com­mu­nity polic­ing and in­volve­ment was an im­por­tant as­pect to­wards ef­fec­tive polic­ing in over­com­ing the scourge.

She said the com­mu­nity get­ting in­volved would bear fruit and gave an ex­am­ple of the Hat­field res­i­dents, who on Wed­nes­day as­sisted the SAPS in help­ing to pre­vent two mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts in the area.

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