Fidelity ADT has issued a warning to all motorists that there has been a spike in theft of and out of motor vehicles in Gauteng as Lockdown has eased.
In the East Rand Benoni is a hot spot area, specifically in Rynfield. Last week alone there were six reported incidents. There have also been reports in the West Rand, East Rand – Birchleigh area specifically, as well as a number of suburbs in the North. Cars in shopping malls are particularly at high risk.
The use of remote jamming detectors to block or jam the locking device to motor vehicles is contributing to the current spike. “It is so quick that detection is extremely difficult and the perpetrators have often left the premises before they can be apprehended,” says Charnel Hattingh, National Marketing & Communications manager Fidelity ADT.
Residents are urged not to leave any valuables visible in the interior of their cars. The adage “Boot it or lose it” has never been more true. “Be weary of people spending long periods of time in the parking lot. These are spotters checking for valuables or any opportunity to steal your car or valuables,” says Hattingh
Hattingh offers motorists the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of this crime:
- Always be aware of your surroundings – this applies to any public parking areas or even if you park on the road outside a property.
- Report any suspicious activity
- Do not leave valuables in an unattended vehicle
- Never push the remote locking device whilst walking away from the vehicle
- Check that the vehicle is locked by testing the door
- Ensure the boot is locked