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 Khanyisile Ngcobo

By Khanyisile Ngcobo,  Caxton Publishers.

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JOBURG - With an alarming increase in smash-and-grab incidents across Johannesburg, the police have once again urged residents to remain vigilant with their vehicles.

Sandton police spokersperson, Captain Kym Cloete, stressed the seriousness of the situation, saying that smash and grabs are an ongoing problem in the area.

“[The] community must please remain alert [as] the trend currently is that suspects focus on busy intersections during afternoon peak traffic and often target people who are alone in their vehicles,” she said.

Cloete further urged motorists to keep their valuables out of sight because if the suspects can’t see anything, then they will not be tempted to break the window.

She also urged motorists to remain aware of jamming devices used by criminals at shopping centres, petrol stations and primary schools.

“Check your vehicle manually to ensure that it really is locked and verify which shopping centres have the alarms which activate should a jamming device be used,” Cloete said.

What more can the police do to curb the occurrence of smash-and-grab incidents? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 Khanyisile Ngcobo

Khanyisile Ngcobo  

Caxton Publishers.

"Be the change you want to see in the world" These wise words, uttered by a great icon of the 20th century, have become my mantra as I set out to achieve my goal of making a difference in the world. I am a young, ambitious, driven, passionate journalist who lives and breathes hard news, current affairs, politics, entertainment and yes, gossip. I hope to use my voice to affect change and hold the corrupt and unscrupulous to account. Apart from scouring the streets for news, I enjoy reading, cooking, shopping and going to church.

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