Vehicle owners urged to be vigilant

Due to escalating theft from vehicles, the police in Bloemfontein strongly warned vehicle owners to never leave valuables in their vehicles.

Brig. Motantsi Makhele, provincial spokesperson, said several cases relating to the crime of theft from vehicles have been reported in Bloemfontein, highlighting the negligence of vehicle owners.

He has encouraged vehicle owners to guard against increasing crime of theft from motor vehicles.

“According to an analysis, most of the incidents are due to the negligence and sheer carelessness of some vehicle owners,” Makhele said.

It has also been noted that an absence of vigilance exists of criminal elements that lie in wait.Motorists are urged to be more vigilant of their surroundings, whether on their own pro­perty or in public places. They should always be alert when handling valuable items such as laptops, cameras, cellphones, handbags and wallets.”

The crime is so rampant, the Free State provincial commissioner, Lt. Gen. Moeketsi Sempe, has also express grave concern and urged motorists to remain alert.

According to Makhele, theft from motor vehicles is regarded as an opportunistic crime.

“To avoid this, motorists are advised to take safety precautions and adhere to them at all times.”

Safety hints to consider

  • Ensure that all doors and windows are properly locked when you park your vehicle.
  • Test that doors are properly locked after activating the alarm.
  • Park where there are lights and avoid secluded areas at night.
  • Remove detachable radios or radio faces when parking your vehicle.
  • Use parking lots where there are parking attendants or someone on patrol.
  • If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately so that they can activate a search.
  • If possible, beef up security in your vehicle by installing an alarm system or gear lock.
  • Do not keep valuable items in plain sight.