Villieria hotspot for car thefts – warn cops

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There has been an increase in the number of cars stolen in Villieria, prompting authorities to warn residents to be on the look-out.

Statistics showed that 319 vehicles were reported stolen for the 12 months leading up to April this year – in comparison with 289 last year.

“Vehicle theft and carjacking is a big problem in South Africa,” said police spokesperson Captain Coba Brits. “As a car owner, it is wise to have car insurance as a contingency. Technology such as vehicle trackers can also help retrieve your car in only a matter of hours.”

“As soon as the carjacking or theft has taken place, the owner of the vehicle must report it to the police and get a case number. This number will be used when registering an insurance claim.

The insurance company will then send an assessor to interview the owner to get details of what happened.

“Once all the finer details have been sorted, the relevant paperwork will be processed and a claim will be processed by the insurer.”

Often vehicle owners thought that recovering a car was the end of the process.

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“This could not be further from the truth. The owner should follow the correct procedure to ensure their insurance claim and reinstatement of the stolen car is done right.

“No money must be paid to a towing service. Also note there are no storage fees payable at any police impound.”

She said once a stolen car was recovered, police would inform the owner and the impound where it can be collected.

“The car owner will be asked to go and identify the vehicle.”

Brits said the public must work with the police to fight crime and corruption.

 

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