The Pretoria Moot police recently raised their concern about the increase in vehicle-related crimes in the precinct.
Police spokesperson Captain Anton Breedt said the station management had noticed an increase in the number of reported cases since last year.
“This was unacceptable for the Moot,” he said.
“We need to start awareness campaigns to promote projects such as neighbourhood watches and patrollers that are registered with the police and CPF to the community and other role players as a way to help deal with the problem.”
“The sector managers for Rietondale Park, Gezina and Rietfontein appeal to residents to assist the fight,” he said.
He offered the following tips:
– Admit that crime can happen to you.
– Do not always rely on the car guard to look after your vehicle or valuables inside your vehicle.
– Remove all valuables when you park.
– Do not leave anything that may draw the attention of criminals.
– Lock your vehicle before you leave the parking area, and make sure it is locked.
– When visiting friends or relatives, check on your vehicle regularly or find safe parking.
– Park where there are car guards or in an area designated for parking.
– Always be alert of your surroundings and report any suspicious vehicles or people.
Moot police station commander Colonel Hlengani Gibin Mashaba encouraged residents to continue being the eyes and ears of the Moot police.
“We need to join hands in the fight against crime,” he said.
“Residents can do this by joining their local CPF and registered neighbourhood patrols.”
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