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Rising Smash-and-Grab Incidents Prompt Warning in Elsies River Area

Michael Hawthorne

CAPE TOWN – In response to a surge in smash-and-grab incidents and theft from motor vehicles, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a cautionary advisory for residents in the Elsies River area. Motorists are urged to exercise heightened caution at specified intersections following an increase in criminal activity, with a particular focus on the streets around 35th Street and Owen Road, Avonwood and 35th Street, Epping Avenue and 35th Street, Norwood and Francie van Zyl, as well as Halt Road and Voortrekker Road.

The Elsies River police have reported a notable rise in cases centred around Jakes Gerwel and Bofors Circle, where cell phones are frequently snatched through open windows. Incidents commonly occur when phones are left on the dashboard or when victims are engaged in phone conversations while stationary at intersections. Furthermore, instances of theft from motor vehicles have escalated, with the possibility of remote jamming devices being used, as no signs of forced entry are apparent.

SAPS emphasizes the importance of taking preventive measures to safeguard personal belongings. Motorists are advised to store valuables, such as cellphones and laptops, securely in the vehicle’s trunk before embarking on their journey. Avoid leaving items under the front seats or in plain view within the vehicle. It is crucial to be mindful of your surroundings and refrain from driving with visible valuables. Additionally, ensure that all windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving the vehicle unattended.

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The Elsies River community is reminded to stay vigilant and cooperate with SAPS during frequent crime operations in the area. Western Cape SAPS Spokesperson, Anelisiwe Manyana, urges the public to play an active role in crime prevention and encourages the implementation of these safety measures to deter criminal activities. Stay informed, stay safe.


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