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CT motorists urged to keep valuables out of sight

Motorists are urged to keep valuables out of sight when stopping at dangerous smash & grab hotspots.

Jakes Gerwel Drive at the Mitchells Plain intersection. Picture: Google Earth.

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town law enforcement officials are urging motorists to keep valuables out of sight when stopping at traffic lights in some of the City's dangerous smash-and-grab hotspots.

Parts of Jakes Gerwel Drive, Military Road in Steenberg, Stock Road and the R300 in Mitchells Plain have been identified as some of the hotspots for such incidents.

At least 190 smash and grab incidents were reported on Jakes Gerwel Drive in the first nine months of this year.

Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, explains that in most cases, attackers are attracted to items lying around in cars.

"Out of every 10 vehicles coming through, six or seven are sitting with a laptop, handbag, cellphone, wallet, purse displayed on the passenger seat for the attackers to have a look at."

Smith says officials use CCTV cameras to track down robbers to create profiles that could lead to arrests.

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