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Motorcycle theft: Gqeberha police believe a syndicate may be responsible

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Police in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape are worried that there might be a motorcycle theft syndicate at work in the city. Since the start of the year, nearly a dozen motorcycles have been stolen from a handful of areas.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit in Gqeberha urged motorcycles owners to practice caution and take extra steps to safeguard their vehicles, on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

MOTORCYCLES ARE BEING SNATCHED ACROSS THE NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO

According to police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu, not for the first time, criminals are targeting motorcycles across the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and police believe a syndicate may be behind the spate in motorcycle thefts.

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Investigations revealed that since January 2021 to date over 11 motorbikes/cycles were stolen,” said Naidu.

The motorcycle thefts mainly took place in the areas of Humewood, Mount Road, Walmer and Kabega, according to Naidu.

SYNDICATE’S MODUS OPERANDI: LOOK OUT FOR BAKKIES AND TRAILERS

As mentioned before, the police believe a syndicate is operating in the area and think they know how the criminals go about their business.

“The bikes are either loaded onto a trailer or onto the back of a bakkie and driven away,” said Naidu.

The average value of the stolen motorcycles range between R110 000 and R150 000 each, said police. They added that the criminals gain access to people’s properties by lifting automatic gates or simply pushing the motorcycles out of yards, in most cases.

“Never leave your keys on the bike even if it is parked in your garage,” said Naidu. “Also don’t leave the keys in the garage cupboard etc. Make sure that the keys are with you at all times. There were instances where garage doors were lifted and the motorbike stolen.”

HOW TO PREVENT MOTORCYCLE THEFT, ACCORDING TO SAPS

Police suggested that motorcycle owners implement the following precautions to ensure the safety of their vehicles:

  • Make sure that you have adequate vehicle security and install a tracker on your motorcycle.
  • Put a chain lock or clamp on the motorcycle’s wheels, desperate times call for desperate measures.
  • Do not ignore noises animals make, especially dogs. However, if you suspect anything do not go outside alone. Call the police or your security company instead.
  • Be attention to any recurring kombis or open bakkies in your neighbourhood.
  • Install a motion detecting security light outside your home.
  • If you own an older motorcycle, park near the cameras when you visit shopping malls “so that footage is easily available of the suspects.”
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Anyone with information about the motorcycle thefts in the area or has noticed suspicious activity in their neighbourhood is encouraged to contact D/Sgt Nelia Carr on 083-226-8520

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