Collection tins for non-profit organisations in Port Elizabeth shops are being targeted by criminals looking to make a quick buck.
Animal Welfare Society manager Hannes Stander said they had two tins stolen from shops in Cleary Park and Walmer earlier this year.
“We run on public funding. That money goes towards feeding and other operational costs, so for us to lose that is difficult,” he said.
“But we have a lady who watches our tins and when they are full, she calls us to collect them,” he said.
Animal AntiCruelty League spokeswoman Linda Louise Swain circulated a picture on Facebook yesterday showing two men at a shop in Greenacres last year attempting to steal a tin. But she said no more incidents had been reported since then.
“We had instances where collection tins had been stolen [in the past] despite having chains to keep them from being removed,” Swain said.
Port Elizabeth Cat Care founding member Helen White said two cans were stolen from stores in Walmer earlier this year.
White said she removed all their tins from Greenacres two years ago because of thefts.
NSRI station commander Ian Gray said incidents involving collection tins “taking a walk” and collection boats being emptied were isolated.
But he said the safety of the people collecting the money had been questioned and the places where money was counted had been robbed previously.
St Francis Hospice executive director Trevor Wiblin said: “We tie our tins down using cable ties, but if someone really wants it, they will find a way.”