MORE THAN 50 cases of theft out of motor vehicles since the beginning of September have sparked calls by the Komani police and the Community Policing Forum (CPF) for residents to be more vigilant during the festive period. Members of the Komani police and the CPF, in partnership with the Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) and the government communication information system (GCIS), gave locals safety tips at the Chris Hani Hexagon on Tuesday.
Police spokeswoman captain Namhla Mdleleni said theft out of motor vehicles was increasing in Komani as thieves targeted unattended cars in various parking lots in the CBD and residential areas. “We warn motorists because these criminals break in and some unlock the cars. We have a problem with theft out of motor vehicles because people leave items on the seats of their cars. It is escalating.”
The police would host safety operations throughout the holidays.“We know there are payouts for pensioners for the whole week and we want to make sure they are safe. We have intensive patrols and a task team with members from all round the cluster.”
She encouraged people to stay alert. “If people are going away they must report their absence to the police so we can do patrols around the area. Motorists must make sure their cars are properly locked and people must stop making friends with strangers at ATMs. Some of these people look very neat and some of them are women who will be kind, but who intend to rob people.”
Lwando Helesi from the GCIS said people needed safety tips to avoid falling prey to criminals.“The department is working with SAPS and CHDM to ensure people have access to information that can change their lives and protect them from the crime and fraud, especially at ATMs during the festive period.”CPF chairman Andries Schlebusch said, “We are joining hands to help the SAPS have more visibility in Komani. The Christmas season is near and we want to reduce crime so people can enjoy the holidays.”