Watch out for sneaky “fishing” thieves

FISHING thieves have struck again and Blue Security has issued a warning to residents to be vigilant and not to leave valuables close to open windows where they can be “fished” out by the opportunistic thieves.

Media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the thieves had been on the prowl on a Grosvenor Road property in Glenmorearound 3.30am on Monday when they spotted a laptop through the window.

“The suspects expertly fished the laptop out of the window and fled the scene,” Mathios said.

Umbilo SAPS were called to the scene.

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Mathios advised residents to always ensure valuables such as laptops, tablets, cellphones and handbags were stored some distance away from windows and doors and that windows were adequately secured at night.

“Criminals use implements like long pool cleaning nets to fish valuables out of open windows and through security gates, so be sure to always store these household tools out of sight. Make sure that your windows have been secured and consider installing outdoor beams and strip beams along the walls of your property and be sure to diligently activate these at night,” he said.

 

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Lauren Walford
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