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Edenvale police warn of theft from out of motor vehicles

”Keep the windows and doors locked while you are driving too.”

To prevent theft out of motor vehicles, Edenvale SAPS urged the community to remain cautious and shared preventative tips.

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Edenvale Police Station’s corporate communications officer Warrant Officer Jacob Mashile said this warning comes after the recent number of cases reported for theft out of motor vehicles raised concerns.

Motorists and passengers were advised not to leave any valuables visible in a vehicle.

Mashile said visible valuables could be attractive to would-be criminals.

He said the crimes were being committed in sector four as well as around shopping malls.

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Tips from the police to help protect vehicles and the belongings inside them included:

• Be cautious about where you park your car.

Mashile said motorists should park vehicles in a well-lit, secure space preferably near a security guard.

• When possible, park in a secure garage or facility. Lock the doors and close the windows, whether you are in the car or not.

“Keep the windows and doors locked while you are driving too.”

• Be aware of remote jamming.

He told community members to physically check that the door handles are locked, even if the locked alarm sound activated.

“The rising trend in the theft of vehicles is the use of remote jamming devices,” said Mashile.

“This stops the car from locking leaving victims completely unaware of this unless you double check that the vehicle is locked,” he said.

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• Never leave your keys in your vehicle.

Mashile said even if motorists are just getting out to open the gate, they should always take their keys with them and be mindful of where spare keys are kept.

• Be vigilant when getting out of a vehicle.

“Opportunistic criminals who may appear to be pedestrians simply walking by could take a chance by opening the car door just before you can lock it.”

• Avoid having your purse, phone, or any other expensive items visible.

“Mashile said this should also apply to motorists when travelling.

“It’s a good idea to keep your handbag, laptop and other valuable items safely locked in your boot.”

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• Install extra security features like a vehicle immobiliser, steering wheel lock and anti-smash-and-grab film on your windows.

He said these offer an additional layer of protection against break-ins. Be extra alert when stopped at traffic lights and when approaching driveways.

Ensure your car radio is off and focus on your surroundings.

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