As smash-and-grab incidents are becoming an epidemic all over the Western Cape, we find it is helpful to warn our readers of crooks on the prowl.
If you make use of the Weltevreden and Govan Mbeki Road intersection near Phillipi, it is advised that you be very cautious as it is now a hot spot for smash and grabs. As this road links Philippi, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Lansdowne, Ottery and Wetton, it has made the intersection popular for locals travelling via Vanguard Drive.
Philippi police spokesperson, Lieutenant Lance Goliath has confirmed that there has been a smash-and-grab trend in the area.
A motorist has recently witnessed an unsuspecting driver fall victim to the crime. He said, ”I spotted a man walking towards the car at the red robot ahead of me. It looked like he was begging but he had other intentions because I saw him looking into the car’s back window. The man was not paying attention and the ‘beggar’ hit, running off with a bag.”. But he himself has become a victim after witnessing this and two other smash-and-grab incidents.
He said, “My daughter and I were driving home after buying take-aways when a man approached the car. I only realised what had happened when it was too late. He smashed the window and took the food off my daughter’s lap. While he didn’t get away with much, the cost of repairing the window was steep.”
If you are a frequent motorist in this area, please be vigilant and have a look at these tips to help prevent smash-and-grab incidents from happening to you.