Beware what you leave in your vehicle warn police

Be careful where you park your car. File image

Valuables left in parked vehicles remains a concern for the Primrose police.

“We are once again appealing to the community to be careful where they park their vehicles and what is left visible when the vehicle is parked,” said Sgt Styles Maome, communications officer for the Primrose police.

“Do not leave valuable items visible in your car that can draw the attention of criminals and can encourage them to break into and steal from your vehicle.

“Items like laptops, cellphones and tools should be stored in the vehicle’s boot if they cannot be removed.”

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Police also discourage residents from parking their vehicles around the shops and businesses for extended amounts of time.

In addition, police have asked residents to refrain from parking their vehicles on the pavement, especially overnight.

“You are inviting the criminals to come target your vehicle when you park it on the pavement,” said Maome.

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To help combats motor vehicle theft in the area, the SAPS have compiled a list of safety tips for the community to take into account when they are parking their vehicles:

• Avoid parking your motor vehicle where there are no security officers guarding other cars.

• Do not leave your firearm in the motor vehicle’s glove compartment or anywhere in the vehicle when you park the vehicle (this is against the law).

• Make sure that all the doors and windows are properly locked when you park your vehicle.

• At night, park in well-lit areas.

• If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice.

• Practice the same prevention skills you apply in parking lots or garages at home.

• Do not leave your keys in the ignition.

• Remove detachable radios and the radio’s face when getting out of the car.

• Try to fit an alarm and/or anti-theft device in your car.

Residents are urged to report any suspicious activities in the area to the Primrose Police Station on 011 842 0522 or 071 675 6864/5/6/7/8/9.

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