Nine cars have been stolen in Hartbeespoort in just one week and the Hartbeespoort community policing forum has expressed it concern about the drastic increase in vehicle thefts in the area.
A total of five cars were stolen during the weekend of 22 and 23 August and another three the past weekend, and one on Wednesday.
During the weekend a grey Toyota Yaris was stolen at Jasmyn in Meerhof and a white Toyota Etios in Cassien Street in Schoemansville. A Ford Ranger was also stolen from an animal park on the Lanseria Road in Broederstroom. On Wednesday a brown Toyota Corolla was stolen from Village Mall.
The previous weekend car thieves stole a silver Toyota Yaris at Village Mall, a blue Renault Sandero in Scott Street in Schoemansville, a grey Toyota Yaris outside a pub in Schoemansville, an orange-coloured Toyota Etios at a venue on the cableway road in Melodie and a white Ford Ranger from a restaurant in the Broederstroom area.
“We have repeatedly urged centres and venues to beef up security. It is a big concern that car thieves now seem to see Hartbeespoort as a soft target. We ask community members and visitors to be more vigilant by not parking in isolated areas and preferably where there are visible car guards. Please report suspicious vehicles and/or persons to security and the police,” said Romano van der Spuy, chairman of the Hartbeespoort community policing forum.