Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa suggests that deploying unmarked vehicles to smash-and-grab hot spots may help combat the crime.
The hot spots in Cape Town include:
- Bhunga Avenue
- Jakes Gerwel Drive
- N2/ Vanguard Drive
He says the use of unmarked vehicles and police officials in civilian clothing could help lead to more arrests, admitting that policing could be more strategic.
From a law enforcement perspective, we need to be a little smarter than the perpetrators.— Kenny Africa, Western Cape Traffic Chief
He has encouraged motorists to always lock their vehicle doors, keep windows closed and maintain a safe following distance when travelling through these areas.
Africa also warned motorists not to leave visible valuables on seats and to keep pepper spray in vehicles.
He explains that smash-and-grab perpetrators target various areas and seem to appear out of nowhere, making the crime difficult to police.
He encourages motorists to report smash-and-grab crimes to police and promised to discuss an action plan with the City's Law Enforcement Director, Robbie Roberts.
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