Monday, April 19, 2010

New crime tactic...

While I don't normally like to blog about negative topics or downers, here's something I saw the other day that I felt should get a bit of exposure.

It's a new way that criminals are out to catch unsuspecting victims in JHB, and I saw this on CCTV camera footage with my own 2 eyeballs :)

Here's how it goes:

1. The specimen (a.k.a. the criminal) parks his / her vehicle (in this case a recent model executive Mercedes) in a public parking spot, perhaps somewhere close to an office (the visitors of which would use that parking area).

2. The unsuspecting victim arrives and parks their vehicle in the same parking area, and then enters the premises to go about their business. N.B. At this point (I suspect), the specimen uses some kind of jammer / scanner to interfere with the victim's remote central locking system.

3. The specimen then waits a short while to make sure that the coast is clear.

4. The (well dressed) specimen then leaves his / her vehicle, and proceeds to open (without force) the victim's vehicle, and rifle through it at will, taking anything that may be of value to him / her.

5. The specimen then departs at leisure, having loaded his / her vehicle with loot that once belonged to the victim...

So it's a pretty cowardly, yet highly effective way of doing things really.
The fact that larneys in Merc's are committing these crimes is the surprising factor for me.

So be on the lookout guys and gals - if I had not seen it with my own eyes I would have just tossed it aside as another silly urban legend. When you park your car, always make yourself aware of your surroundings...

And here we were wondering what those larneys who sit around in coffee shops all day do for a living... :)


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