SAPS and GP CID addressing crime in De Waterkant
In response to an increase in reported incidences of theft out of motor vehicles in the Green Point area, the South African Police Services (SAPS) in partnership with the Green Point City Improvement District implemented a security leaflet drop on Friday morning, 10 October 2008.
The leaflets, targeted at residents, businesses and vehicle owners in the area, contained helpful security tips and addressed the main areas of negligence that are often the cause for such incidences of criminal activity.
Says Marc Truss, Chief Executive of the Green Point City Improvement District: “It is imperative for community members to realise that they have a vital role to play in the fight against crime. Almost all incidents relating to ‘theft out of’ motor vehicles are as a result of valuables being left in full view whilst the vehicle is unattended. We are therefore committed to educating our community and increasing awareness to prevent these unnecessary and untimely acts of crime taking place.”
Implement these security precautions to minimise the likelihood of your vehicle being broken into:
• Lock the doors, windows, boot and sunroof every time you leave your car – it does not matter how brief you are going to be.
• If your vehicle is parked outside, lock the steering wheel or gear box with an immobiliser such as a steering lock or gear lever lock.
• Remove all valuables, such your radio face, CD’s, portable GPS systems and laptops while your vehicle is unattended. Plan ahead and lock items such as laptops in your boot prior to arriving at your destination. Your movement is often monitored on arrival and so criminals know that your item of value has been locked in your boot.
• Install a tracker system.
• Travel with locked doors and closed windows while driving through built-up or densely populated areas and never open the windows completely when approached by a stranger.
• Thieves target car parks. When utilising a public car park, make sure it is well supervised.
• Avoid parking your car in dark and isolated areas. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area at night.
• Do not leave house keys or remote controls in full view.
• Keep all keys on your body. Try to keep one car key on its own separate ring.
All tips were issued by the Cape Town Central Police Station and the initiative was headed by Superintendent Klaasen, Sector Commander of Sector 3, SAPS.
Date Created: 2008-10-13 | Last Update : 2008-10-13