Bellville sees spike in thefts from vehicles

this past weekend, R86 000 worth of traffic fines were issued during a joint operation by the Bellville police, Oakdale neighbourhood watch and various security officials in Belrail and Sanlamhof.

There has been a spike in thefts from vehicles in the Bellville area in the past month, police say.

“The most common items that are stolen include laptops, cellphones and small valuable items. Lower Oakdale, Boston and Tyger Valley Shopping Centre have been identified as current hot spots for these crimes,” said Bellville police spokesman Captain Aubrey Morwenyane.

The thieves are using remote-jamming devices to get into vehicles.

“We’ve identified remote jamming as the most common modus operandi used by the criminals, especially at the malls. Members of the public are advised to not leave valuable items in the seats we appeal to them to double-check if the car is locked,” Captain Morwenyane said.

Tyger Valley Shopping Centre did not respond to questions by time of publication.

Meanwhile, R86 000 worth of traffic fines were issued during a joint operation by the Bellville police, Oakdale neighbourhood watch and various security officials in Belrail and Sanlamhof.

Bellville Community Police Forum member Gerda Gerber said 42 people had been searched and three suspects had been taken into custody during the five-hour operation on Friday November 19, at 8pm.

“This will also be the start of many operations that will be done to help keep Bellville safe during the festive season,” she said.