New crime trend! Cops say wi-fi detectors used to steal cellphones, laptops from cars

Pretoria - Police believe they have uncovered the reason behind the high number of theft of cellphones and laptops out of cars in the city and anywhere else across the country. Spokesperson Captain Collett Weilbach said criminals were using increasingly sophisticated, directional wi-fi detectors to home in on the laptop or cellphone. This could detect the gadgets from where they had been hidden, be it under the seat of the car or in the boot. Weilbach urged members of the public, particularly motorists, to turn off the wi-fi of laptops and cellphones to avoid opening an invitation to thieves. Police in the Brooklyn area, largely populated by students, as well as Sunnyside and the CBD have reported on an increase in the number of laptops stolen out of motor vehicles. “I parked my car and walked to a restaurant, and all was well. On my return about two hours later, I noticed that one of the rear windows had been smashed. "I checked under the driver’s seat where …
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Pa van twee veg vir sy lewe na 6 skote hom tref tydens huisinbraak

Jan Schoeman ’n pa van twee, veg vir sy lewe in die intensiewe-sorgeenheid van Netcare Montana hospitaal na rowers hom ses keer geskiet het tydens ’n huisbraak in Pretoria-Noord.  Twee verdagtes het van die skiettoeneel gevlug,  met slegs die gesin se TV en ’n skoolsak in hul besit.  Die aanval vorm deel van die terreur wat tans daagliks teen inwoners, feitlik almal blank, in die land gevoer word. Wat veronderstel was om ’n normale weeksdag vir die Schoeman-gesin moes wees, het ontaard in ’n nagmerrie toe rowers vroegoggend by hul woning ingebreek het.  Schoeman se vrou vertel dat sy besig was in die  kombuis,  toe sy ’n slag hoor van ’n venster wat breek.  Schoeman het ondersoek kom instel en hom vasgeloop in die rowers waartydens ’n struweling ontstaan en skote afgevuur is.  Sy vertel haar man is per ambulans hospitaal toe geneem, waar hy onder sedasie geplaas is, sy toestand is kritiek.  Polisiewoordvoerder Kaptein Matthews Nkoadi het bevestig dat ’n saak van poging tot m…
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Plot robberies, rape on the rise in the Pretoria North – communities asked to beef up their security

A spate of crimes are being committed on plots in Pretoria North, particularly house robberies and rape. “Criminals are now going to the extent of stealing solar panels from the roofs of houses.” This is according to police spokesperson Captain Matthews Nkoadi. He explained the perpetrators were usually in groups of two or three wearing balaclavas and wielding guns. “We urge communities in that area to up their security and inform us of any suspicious activities,” Nkoadi said. Other popular crimes he identified included robberies of hair salons, taxis and buses. “Criminals are now going to the extent of stealing solar panels from the roofs of houses,” he said. Other forms of crime in Pretoria North seem to be on the decrease. Nkoadi also said students in other parts of Pretoria were still being targeted by false prophets who were roaming the streets. “We urge our students to please be more clever than these people,” he said. He added that most robberi…
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Pretoria’s homeless people targeted by ‘Serial killer’ – bodies of three victims found over period of twee weeks

A serial killer may be on the loose in Pretoria, targeting homeless people sleeping in parks in the city. According to eNCA, three homeless men have been murdered in the same manner in the past two weeks. The station reported that the latest body was found on Tuesday at the Magnolia Dell Park in Muckleneuk. Another body was reportedly found in the same park, while the body of a third victim was found close to the park two weeks ago, according to Pretoria News. All victims were reportedly killed in their sleep. They were stabbed and hit by a blunt object, according to eNCA. Around 6 000 people in Pretoria are reportedly considered homeless. According to a representative of an NGO who works closely with homeless people in the city, more homeless people have reported being attacked in a similar way, but managed to escape. Lucky escape "They've been reporting violence towards them. We spoke to a guy three weeks ago who was sleeping when he was stabbed. He w…
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Centurion residents taught how to avoid driveway hijackings by RICHARD BRUSSOW of the National Hijack Prevention Academy

Centurion residents were on Saturday taught about how to avoid becoming victims of hijackings in driveways. This was during a workshop at Laerskool Louis Leipoldt in Lyttelton, where former police officer Richard Brussow spoke to them about prevention of crimes such as hijacking and robbery. Brussow, who established the National Hijack Prevention Academy in 2001, said 68% of hijackings happened in driveways and could be avoided. He has more than 15 years of experience in motor vehicle crime investigation, organized crime, motor vehicle theft, metro police crime prevention, and vehicle tracking. Brussow educated his audience about tricks used by hijackers, their motivation, factors that lead to attacks and categories of hijacked vehicles. Robbers liked using service stations as a base to prey on unsuspecting victims, he said. Once they had identified their victims they drove behind them until they arrived home. Brussow advised motorists to always look at the ca…
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The City of Tshwane is pulling the plug on smart meters contract with Peu

The City of Tshwane’s daily payment to its erstwhile electricity smart meters contractor Peu Capital Partners has been drastically reduced from R4million to R1.8m. In addition, MMC for utility services Abel Tau said the municipality has covered ground towards the replacement of the almost 13 000 meters that had already been installed as part of the deal. The replacement of the meters comes after AfriBusiness succeeded in having the Peu irregular smart meter contract set aside in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. But Tau said the reduction of daily payments to Peu was the essence of what the City wanted residents to know about. “We have made a decision that would save the City a huge amount of money to ensure that we can take those savings and redirect them to service delivery,” he said. Regarding the sum of R4m previously paid to Peu, he said: “I checked last week and the amount has drastically dropped. I think we were at R1.8m” He said the City was making inr…
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It’s all systems go for Atteridgeville R1.2bn Capital Mall

The much-anticipated R1.2 billion Capital Mall in Atteridgeville will go ahead despite efforts to halt its construction on the basis that it would “cannibalize” smaller shopping centres in the vicinity. MMC for Economic Development and Spatial Planning Isak Pietersen said the City of Tshwane's Appeals Tribunal successfully intervened in the impasse, which threatened to block the development. The legal wrangling was between the developer, McCormick Property Development, and Safari Investments, over the threats posed by the new mall on the existing shopping centres. Pietersen said the complaint was overturned on the basis that it lacked substance and went against the spirit of competition permitted in business. He said the mall construction was an example of what the City wanted to do by creating a conducive economic environment for job creation. “The aim of the City is to make sure we create those jobs and this is going to make sure that we create jobs,” he said.…
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Tshwane city manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, reprimanded for aborted China trip

Tshwane city manager Dr. Moeketsi Mosola has received a serious talking-to from executive mayor Stevens Mokgalapa about the controversial authorization of a trip by officials to China. Mokgalapa called off the trip in April after it came to his attention that Mosola “erroneously” signed a document on his behalf. He then called for an investigation to determine how the anomaly in the documents occurred. On Monday he broke his silence in the wake of the probe, saying he had already given the implicated parties a tongue-lashing. “I did reprimand those who were involved. For me the fact that it was canceled and that the city never incurred any funds for it; it ended there,” he said. Asked who exactly he reprimanded, he said: “It was the city manager I reprimanded because that was his signature.” He said that his message to Mosola was that what happened with the China trip must not repeat itself. “What I have received was that it was done in hindsight and I request…
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AfriForum onthul skokkende nuus: 56 wit skoolmeisies weens ras uit Gauteng-netbalspanne gelaat

Die burgerregteorganisasie AfriForum het in Pretoria bekend gemaak dat dié organisasie die keurders vir die Gautengse o.12- tot o.18-skolespanne se puntestate bekom het. Dié puntestate bewys dat 56 wit meisies, wat volgens die keurders se beoordeling op meriete vir die spanne gekies moes word, egter weens hul ras uit die spanne gelaat is. AfriForum het reeds namens 12 van die benadeelde meisies se ouers amptelike klagtes by Netbal Suid-Afrika (NSA), Suid-Afrikaanse Skolenetbal (SASN) en Gauteng Skolenetbal (GSN) ingedien. Dié klagtes eis onder meer dat rassekwotas afgeskaf moet word en dat die benadeelde meisies skriftelik erkenning van GSN moet kry dat hulle wél op meriete gekies moes word. (Die volledige klag en die keurders se puntestate word hierby aangeheg.) AfriForum en die ouers het in hul klagtes aan die bogenoemde netbalinstellings aangedui dat, sou daar nie binne 14 dae aan hul eise voldoen word nie, ’n amptelike klag van rassediskriminsaie teen NSA by die I…
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Motoriste word gewaarsku dat boewe bedrywig is op die N4 – Oos snelweg op die Cullinan/Rayton afrit en die Diamond Hill tol-plaza

Vyf voertuie se bande is in die vroeë oggendure van 27 Maart voor die tol-plaza beskadig. Dit wil voorkom asof skerp voorwerpe en hindernisse op daardie pad geplaas word om motoriste te dwing om stil te hou sodat hulle beroof kan word. ‘n Vrou wat in ‘n oostelike rigting op die snelweg gery het, berig dat sy oor twee onbekende hindernisse gery het en twee pap wiele gekry het. Sy het besluit om nie stil te hou nie en het deur die tolhek gery en by The Rose vulstasie aangedoen om na die skade te kyk. By die vulstasie het sy vier ander voertuie met beskadigde bande gevind en van daardie motors het al vier bande verloor. Volgens ‘n sekuriteit firma van Bronkhorstspruit was ten minste een ander motoris nie so gelukkig nie Hy het daardie nag van die pad afgetrek om insleep-dienste te skakel nadat sy bande beskadig is en is dadelik beroof. ‘n Polisiewoordvoerder sê dat die polisie bewus is van die probleem en die snelweg gereeld patrolleer. Verlede maand is ‘n Tradevest Logistic…
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