Motor vehicle theft on the rise in Melville

The Brixton Police Station urges residents to be vigilant when parking their cars in Melville. Photo: File

Brixton Police Station has noticed an alarming increase in motor vehicle theft in Melville and urged residents to be vigilant.

The station’s Social Crime Prevention Unit, as well as the Women’s Network, held a crime awareness campaign in Melville on 7 December after noticing an increase in motor vehicle theft.


Brixton Police Station spokesperson, Jeanette Backhoff, urges members of the public and business to be vigilant as car theft is on the rise.
Photo: File

“It has become apparent that in specific areas of Melville, theft of motor vehicles are increasing [at] an alarming rate,” said the spokesperson for Brixton Police Station, Jeanette Backhoff.

She said the problem needs a lot of attention and urged community members as well as surrounding businesses to be vigilant.

“Problem streets include 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Street with the VW Golf being the most popular vehicle being targeted.

“With the assistance of the community and members of the public we can all make a positive difference in this specific crime.”

The police station provided the following tips to avoid falling victim to common robbery:

  • Check whether your car doors are locked with your hand when using a remote lock
  • If your doors are not locking, do not leave your car as someone may be targeting it
  • Park your car in a well-lit, secure area where car guards are present.

Details: To contact the Brixton Police Station or report a crime, call 011 248 5500.

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