Vehicle theft on the rise in the Moot

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Vehicle-related theft is on the rise in the Moot, say police.

This was the trend in both Pretoria Moot and Villieria policing precincts.

Villieria police spokesperson Captain Coba Brits urged residents to be safe when parking a vehicle.

“Residents should not leave valuable items in vehicles and always make sure vehicles are closed by feeling physically if it is locked,” she said.

“This kind of theft remains a major problem in the area.”

Ancelize van der Kooi from Kilnerpark Security provided the following safety tips for residents:

“Residents should take the necessary precautions to safeguard their valuables,” Van der Kooi said.

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“Car-jamming is a reality and residents need to be aware of what is happening around them.”

– Lock all valuables away in the boot of your vehicle.

– If possible, manually lock your vehicle and activate the alarm system.

– Do not leave your GPS on the windscreen while the vehicle is parked.

– Approach any intersection with caution and be on the look-out for people loitering in the vicinity.

– Close your windows when approaching an intersection.

– Park your vehicle in the garage when not in use.

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– Ensure that your carport is well-lit at night.

– Activate the vehicle’s alarm while the vehicle is parked – even when parked for a short while.

She said while driving, parking and entering or exiting a residence, the following guidelines could be followed:

-Always keep the doors locked.

-Keep your windows closed, or only a few millimetres open.

-Leave enough manoeuvring space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

-If you are being followed or harassed by another vehicle, drive to the nearest police station, petrol station or any other busy public space. Park as close as you can to the building and go inside, phone the police from there or let the cashier/attendant call for help.

-Never pick up hitchhikers.

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– When parking your vehicle at night, ensure that you leave your vehicle in a well-lit area, where there are a lot of people.

 

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