24/7 Security Services has noted a marked increase in the number of incidents related to thefts from vehicles in public spaces.

Thefts are either smash-and-grab related, or break-ins into stationary vehicles.

Generally, thieves target items such as:

  • purses, handbags and wallets
  • laptop bags and briefcases
  • shopping bags
  • gym bags
  • cell phones and tablets

Advice on preventing smash-and-grabs:
Even though it is not always possible to avoid the hotspots where criminals prey on unsuspecting motorists, it is possible to reduce the risk of becoming a smash-and-grab victim.

  • Don’t leave items on the seats, floor or anywhere in the vehicle where they can be seen.
  • Lock all your doors and close the windows when driving.
  • Avoid opening your windows or getting involved in discussions with street vendors or anyone handing out flyers.
  • Constantly be on the lookout for suspicious-looking characters.
  • Always be conscious of your surroundings and remain alert when coming to an intersection or stopping your vehicle.
  • Be wary of people loitering at intersections.

Safety when parking:

  • Thieves target car parks – always park your car in attended parking lots.
  • When parking at night, ensure that you always park in a well-lit area.
  • Never sit in your vehicle without being conscious of your surroundings.
  • Lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
  • When arriving at a destination, refrain from openly placing valuables in the vehicle’s boot – criminals are often watching for easy targets.

24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

Emergency Numbers  

JHB011 444 2237
KZN031 140 1061
PTA012 451 8600

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