Rustenburg – The police in Rustenburg have advised motorists against leaving valuables such as cellular phones, laptops and tablets inside their vehicles as they will become easy targets for criminals operating in public places such as shopping malls.
In an interview with Platinum Weekly, Rustenburg police spokesperson sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi said that there has been an increase in the number of cases in which motorists have lost money and valuables to criminals.
“We are fast approaching the festive season. We urge the public and motorists to be cautious.”
He advised motorists to develop a habit of checking if their doors are locked and not rely on their alarm systems or remotes.
“In the cases we are handling, a number of suspects use remote jammers to breach car alarm security systems,” Ofentse explained.
Meanwhile, the police have also warned against making false crime reports. The warning follows a number of incidents in which women have approached local police stations to report that their babies have been stolen or abducted.
“Baby snatching is a very serious offence and police officers become very frustrated when they use state resources to investigate, only to discover that the complainant had been lying all along,” Ofenste said.
Lying to the police is a very serious offence and the perpetrator risks being charged by the state for perjury.
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