Fidelity report a rise in smash and grabs incidents

 Fidelity Services Group has once again called onto motorists to be alert when in unknown areas. According to the association this is as the country is still being marking hotspot areas for unsuspecting motorists.

Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communications at Fidelity Services Group said that motorist can prevent themselves from being victims of snatchers. Law enforcement authorities often issue warnings of areas where ‘smash-and-grabs’ may have become prevalent.

Some of the recommendations given by Fidelity include the following:

Avoid opening your windows when in a traffic.

Do not take pamphlets from or get into discussions with vendors at intersections.

Always be conscious of your surroundings and remain alert when coming to an intersection or stopping your vehicle.

Be wary of people standing at intersections. They may be innocent, but perpetrators mix with these people while waiting for an opportunity to pounce.

If you encounter obstacles such as rocks or tires do not get out of your vehicle to remove them. Reverse and drive off in the opposite direction.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security Alderman JP Smith stated late at night motorist should slow down well in advance so that the light changes green by the time you reach the intersection. Leave a gap between you and the car in front of you to give you room to escape if anything should happen.

The City of Cape Town urged motorist to also report in any incidents of smash and grabs to their nearest police station or the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre. Or contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

by Everngelista Muza


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