GEORGE NEWS - Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old boy on Sunday 28 April in Zone 6, Thembalethu. It is believed the suspects, aged 17 and 18, stabbed the victim to death following an argument about 18:00 on Sunday.
The police are investigating the matter and the reason for the stabbing is still unknown. According to Lieut-Col Eric Julies of Thembalethu Police, the two will appear in the George Magistrate's Court during the week.
According to unconfirmed reports the victim's death came as a result of fighting between rival groups on Saturday and Sunday.
Friends and family members of the deceased expressed their shock and sadness about the death of their loved one on social media.
Car theft on the rise in Themba
Meanwhile, Julies warned the community of Thembalethu about the increase of car theft in the area. He said almost every week they attend to cases of stolen cars. "We ask the community to be vigilant and make sure they park their cars in secure places at night, and not leave their vehicles parked on the streets at night," he said.
He advised people to install alarm systems and make sure they keep their cars locked all the time.
The following are some anti-car theft tips:
• Be vigilant when parking
Park in a well-lit and secure area when in public. At home, park your car in a garage if possible, to keep it out of sight of possible thieves and to protect it against any physical damage. Lock your garage at night. When parking in a public space, always make sure you park in full view of the public.
• Steering wheel locks
Having a steering wheel lock helps ward off thieves. Because it is easily seen, it helps scare off thieves at first glance. It would normally require the time-consuming methods of using a bolt cutter or hacksaw to disable a steering wheel lock - and thieves would not want to risk it.
• Protect your belongings
Ensure that you don't leave items in the car where they are visible to prying eyes when stopping at traffic lights or in a parking lot. Don't give away clues that you might have valuables in your car (satnav holders or auxiliary cables, for example). Items such as handbags, sports/gym bags and electronics should be covered or taken out of the vehicle completely.
• Check that it's locked
Signal jamming is becoming more and more prevalent, so when using the immobiliser to lock your car, feel the door handle to ensure the car is locked before walking off.
• Install an audible alarm system and visible anti-theft device
If your car did not come with either, install them. An audible alarm is designed to emit a loud noise, often the car's horn, if someone attempts to enter the vehicle while the alarm is activated. The unwanted attention attracted by the noise may scare off a potential thief.
• Install a vehicle immobiliser system
Thieves can bypass your ignition by "hotwiring" your car, but you can help prevent this by using a vehicle immobiliser system. Immobiliser systems may incorporate smart keys, kill switches and wireless ignition authentication. They'll essentially disable the vehicle so that a thief cannot make off with it. You may need to have a mechanic or technician who is familiar with the vehicle's wiring and computer systems install the immobiliser in your vehicle.
• Install a tracking system
When your car is stolen, a tracking system will use wireless and/or GPS technology to emit a signal to the police or a monitoring service showing your vehicle's location. This may help the police recover your vehicle faster.
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