SPIKE IN VEHICLE THEFT ACROSS PORT ELIZABETH

Atlas Security Community Development Manager, Bernadette Nel-Naude said there had been a spike in vehicle thefts and thefts out of vehicles over the past week, with several incidents reported to Atlas Security

In the latest incident, a Summerstrand resident became the victim of theft out of vehicle, with expensive items, including cameras that were stolen.

In Lorraine, a huge spike of theft out of vehicles has been noted, with 4 reported cases during the month.

Incidents were also reported in Richmond Hill, Mount Pleasant, Woodlands and Walmer.

We advise residents to try not to park their vehicles on the street if possible and to ensure that their property gates are fitted with an anti-gate crashing kit connected to the house alarm for an early warning in case intruders tamper with the gate. If you have a garage lock your vehicles inside overnight.

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE SAFE WITH THESE 4 TIPS

1. Try not to park in remote or poorly lit areas. Stick to populated parking bays or as close to the entrance as possible.

2. If possible try not to park on the street, and be sure to remove any valuables since these are not safe in plain sight or even in the boot.

3. Always double-check that your doors are locked when getting in and out of your vehicle. Remote jammers are always on the lookout for unsuspecting victims. Don’t rely on the signal alone to lock your car, rather testing the door handle to make sure.

4. Install anti smash and grab tinting film on your car windows. This film is an invisible barrier that slows access if someone attempts to break the window, holds broken glass in one place to prevent injury, creates more noise, and gives you more time to escape.