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FF Plus requests Gauteng Police Commissioner to distinguish smash-and-grab incidents from theft from vehicles

The FF Plus asked the Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt Gen. Elias Mawela, to distinguish smash-and-grab incidents that currently fall under theft from motor vehicles in the police's crime statistics from each another.

Theft from motor vehicles implies that a person was not present in the vehicle when the crime transpired, while there is indeed a person present in the vehicle during a smash-and-grab incident.

And in many cases, a weapon is used.

There is a clear distinction between the two crimes and, so, they should not be combined.

In areas where there is a great incidence of smash-and-grab incidents, visible policing must be intensified and warning signs ought to be put up.

Smash-and-grab incidents are a serious crime that can lead to serious injuries or even death.

It is the police's duty to warn the public and to protect them against falling victim to this type of crime.

Considering the rising crime rate and damning crime statistics, Commissioner Mawela has no choice but to grant the FF Plus's request.

If the FF Plus's request is successful, the proposal could also be considered on national level.

The FF Plus is calling on the public not to leave valuable items on display in their vehicles and to always remain vigilant.

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