THEFT from motor vehicles in Nelson Mandela Bay is on the increase, with more than 600 cases reported in the past two months.
The latest figures have seen the monthly average jump from 200 vehicles broken into, to about 300 cases a month.
This averages about 75 cars broken into a week in the metro alone.
In June, police said the average number of cars broken into was about 200 a month.
Authorities have since warned that two of the main methods used by the thieves were central-locking jamming devices to scramble the signals and smashing vehicle windows.
In addition, police have noticed an increase in false cases linked to theft of goods from vehicles being reported.
Crime Prevention Forum (CPF) chairman John Preller said yesterday the increase was alarming.
He listed the main items being targeted as laptops, cellphones and GPS devices. – Gareth Wilson
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