Rise in theft from cars

There’s been a surge in thefts from cars in the Parow area, according to police.

Parow police have sent out a stern warning to residents after experiencing a surge in theft out of motor vehicle cases.

Parow police spokesman Captain Kevin Williams said the spots are along the Voortrekker Road CBD; Frederick, Bloulellie and Alexandra streets as well as Graaff Way, Third Avenue and George Starck Road.

Most of the cases were on Fridays between 6pm and 9pm and Mondays between 9pm and midnight. There were also at least three robberies in the precinct in recent weeks, he said.
He noted that police handled at least three robberies during the last week of January and the first week of February. “Commuters using taxis along Voortrekker Road are robbed. Commuters should not get into empty taxi especially during peak hours of the day,” he said.

Captain Williams said most of the victims had been women.

“The drivers of these taxis and their taxi-door operators drive off route and rob victims. They force the victim to hand over their bank card and PIN. They then force the person to draw money. In one incident, the victim had to withdraw about R2 000 from the ATM,” he said.
Victims of taxi-related robberies should try to get the vehicle’s registration number so that police can properly investigate the case.