Forensic Investigator Shares Where And When Thefts Out Of Motor Vehicles Happen

There is no doubt crime is on the rise in South Africa. With the unemployment rate being at it’s highest in 14 years it’s little wonder petty theft is on the increase. We’re forever being told to be extra cautious and take note of our surroundings, but more often than not we’re busy (on the phone most likely). Because we’re Busy Moms, who have a million and one things to do on the job and at home.

A forensic investigator, who works closely with SAPS, wanted to share with the community her findings. She took to Facebook to share her advice and it’s since got a lot of attention.

Here’s what you need to know about  when and where these thefts are taking place.

When and Where:

  • The most common appear to be at petrol stations and shopping centres.
  • It takes less than 20 seconds for it to take place.
  • It’s happening to vehicles parked right outside the entrance (even with no queue inside the shop).
  • The most common time is before and after normal working hours, when you are likely to be traveling to/from work.

She outlines a few solutions to help prevent your laptops and/or personal items from getting stolen from your vehicle:

  • Keep your laptop bags with you at all times if possible.
  • If you leave your laptop in your boot use a laptop locking cable to hook onto something fixed in the boot.

If you’ve had a content stolen from your vehicle she points out that you do NOT need the serial number of your stolen items before opening a case. She goes on to say that the information is vital and must be captured in your investigating docket. However not registering a case for a few days while you locate your items’ details severely compromises the chance of finding fingerprints. Along with the ‘evidential’ value of them in court (having driven the vehicle around in public spaces before an investigation was conducted).

If this happens to you, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Always ensure to back up your files from your laptop just in case.
  • There is someone based permanently at the Sandton SAPS conducting fingerprint examinations on vehicles during week days from 7h30 to 15h00.
  • If it is after hours there are standby members that will come to your premises. Although bringing your car to the station the next day is recommended because it is done while you wait, instead of waiting for the standby members who have a variety of other cases after hours to attend. However if it is over the weekend then standby members will come to you.
  • You can also get the vehicle investigated at Sandton SAPS even though you reported it at any neighboring police station. As the Sandton forensics cover the stations in Johannesburg North and surrounds.
  • You do not need to wait for a case number before your vehicle is investigated.

This is very helpful information. Even if you are insured and think it’s not work reporting. You should always report it and open a case. Let’s stand together and help the SAPS to try find these perpetrators.

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You can read her full post below.

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