Fidelity ADT has flagged theft of motor vehicles and house break-ins as a growing concern in the south of Johannesburg. “While pro-active patrolling by the community policing forums and security companies is keeping pressure on criminals, vehicle crime and house break-ins are on the increase” says Michelle Pelser, Fidelity ADT JHB South Branch Manager.
“Unfortunately, residents are too complacent when it comes to movable property outside their security perimeter, last week alone there were twelve reported incidents where cars were stolen, six of which occurred in Alberton. VW Polo sedans and hatchbacks as well as Toyota Fortuner’s, Etois, Yaris Hilux Ford rangers are high risk vehicles for theft, tracking units are encouraged to be installed in these vehicles,” she says.
Pelser encourages residents to park inside their perimeter security if possible and, if not, to ensure that they do not leave any valuables in their vehicles if they are parked on the pavement. “It’s especially important not to leave any valuable items inside the car where they can be seen from the window. Rather lock these items in the boot,” she says.
She adds that residents should also be aware of ensuring their vehicles are locked when parked at shopping malls, schools, businesses and so on. “The growing use of a remote jamming devices to block or jam the locking mechanism of motor vehicles has unfortunately become an everyday occurrence. Always check that the car is locked by testing the door. Don’t assume that by pressing the remote locking that your car is locked,” she says.
Pelser asks residents to report any suspicious activity to the SAPS or security providers in the area.