Durban North police have warned VW Polo and Toyota Hilux and Fortuner owners to be vigilant and extra cautious where they park their cars.
This comes after a spike in the number of car thefts in the area in the past week, Northglen News reported.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Raymond Deokaran said the number of car thefts began increasing last week with a total of six cases being reported.
“We believe a syndicate may be operating in the area. We’ve seen a number of cases from Durban North to uMhlanga. Most of the cases of theft have been reported outside residents’ homes,”
Deokaran said a suspected syndicate began targeting Toyota Fortuners in particular about two years ago. Suspects had discovered a way to clip the alarm wire, thus disarming the vehicles which made them easier to steal.
“I urge residents, if they can, to park their cars in their garages or behind locked gates as leaving them on the street is dangerous,” Deokaran said, adding police were monitoring the area and looking for two vehicles believed to be used during the thefts.
Tyron Powell of Marshall Security said his patrol officers had been involved in a high-speed chase involving one of the suspicious vehicles.
“On Tuesday night last week, two vehicles were stolen from the same complex near the Hypermarket. One of our guards spotted two suspicious vehicles. However, the moment we approached the suspects split up and drove off at high speed,” Powell said.
He said both vehicles stolen from the complex were not fitted with tracking devices.
“We’ve also noticed an increase in car thefts, particularly of VW Polos and Golfs, as well as Toyota Hiluxes and Fortuners. We have already recovered one bakkie, which was stolen in Newlands. We recovered the vehicle in Umzinyathi,” he said.
Powell advised car owners to use an outdoor beam around their vehicles as it was “a very effective way to combat car theft.”
– Caxton News Service