Residents of Tamboerskloof have been reminded to never leave valuable items in their parked cars at night. The warning comes after the arrest of a suspect this week, who was allegedly interrupted while stealing items out of a parked car in the suburb.
“One of our armed response officers was on patrol in the suburb early on Wednesday morning, when he monitored a radio message on the WatchCom network about a suspicious person noticed in St Michaels Road,” says Mr Jade Hanning, district manager (Cape Town South) at Fidelity ADT.
“Our officer made his way to the area. It was when he drove down Regent Circus that he noticed a parked car with its interior light that was on, which raised his suspicions. He stopped to investigate.”
The officer found an unidentified person inside the car. At the same time, a resident at one of the nearby homes walked outside and confirmed to the officer that the parked car was his, and that he did not give anyone permission to be inside the vehicle.
“The suspect was searched, and a cellphone and pair of sunglasses were found in his possession. Both items were positively identified as belonging to the resident,” says Hanning.
The suspect was apprehended and handed over into police custody on a charge of theft out of motor vehicle.
“I urge residents to be very careful about leaving valuable items in their parked cars, especially at night. If you see anything suspicious in the neighbourhood, please make contact with the police or your security company immediately,” says Hanning.
According to the most recent statistics released by the South African Police Services, a total of 3956 cases of theft out of or from a motor vehicle were reported in the Cape Town central policing precinct during the last financial year (2017/2018).