Criminals around Nelson Mandela Bay have discovered new techniques to line their pockets before Christmas.
Police have warned residents and visitors to be more vigilant during the festive season.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said holiday operations had started in earnest.
She advised motorists to take precautions to protect their vehicles and property.
“Policing will be enhanced during this period and offenders who disregard the law will be dealt with severely.”
Naidu said homeowners who did not have security systems extending into their garages should consider installing an upgrade.
A number of garage break-ins had been reported recently.
“We are concerned about motorbikes being taken from locked garages, especially in the Westering and Kabega Park areas.
“We also advise residents to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles in their neighbourhoods.”
She said multiple incidents had been reported in which occupants of a vehicle alerted other motorists about a flat tyre.
Once the motorists stopped, they were robbed at the roadside.
“Drivers are advised to drive to their nearest service station to inspect their vehicles, rather than stop next to the road,” Naidu said.
Truck drivers had also been targeted, especially around Korsten, when stopping at traffic lights.
Thieves using remote-jammers were more active during holiday times, specifically in parking areas of busy shopping centres, she said.
“Do not rely on car guards as they are not always alert, and make sure to put packets and valuables out of sight when leaving them in the car so that they do not attract opportunistic criminals.”