Tips to prevent match day crime


The police are warning sports fans to wise up after reports of thefts at stadiums during games increased.

Two men were arrested in possession of reflector jackets and a remote control signal jammer near Supersport Park stadium during a Sri Lanka and South Africa one-day international game on Friday.

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During a random patrol of the area, police spotted the two and upon searching them, found the items.

Lyttelton police Captain Dave Miller said although this was a chance encounter, patrons who went to stadiums needed to be smart.

He provided the following tips:

– Always park your vehicle in a demarcated parking spot,

– Ensure you are parked in a well-lit area, if the game ends after dark,

– Physically check that your vehicle is locked before you leave,

– “Boot it or lose it.” Place valuable items out of sight,

– Remember that the presence of parking attendants doesn’t guarantee you won’t be attacked,

– Always be vigilant and try to memorise faces, identifying marks of the parking attendants that assist you.

“We are not saying parking attendants are culprits, only that criminals may be anyone, and it is better to be safe and proactive than to fall victim.”

In the event that a car has been broken into, Miller said it was imperative that the victim alerted the nearest security officer for help.

– Dial 10111 immediately to report the crime.

Some devices such as cellular phones have GPS which could help track the thieves if the crime is reported swiftly.

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