Canopy thefts on the increase

Deon Liebenberg (48) standing next to his new Isuzu bakkie from which the canopy was stolen.

Just days after insuring his new bakkie with a new insurance company, the canopy got stolen.

Deon Liebenberg (48) a resident of Krugersdorp now feels that it is his duty to inform the community about a sudden increase in canopy thefts after being a victim himself.

Liebenberg visited his mother-in-law on Thursday 6 February in Krugersdorp North where the theft took place.

“I parked my Isuzu bakkie on the corner of Third and Premier Street. Somewhere between 3.30pm and 4.30pm my canopy got stolen – in broad daylight at a busy intersection!”

He says he is sure that someone from the community must have seen it getting stolen as the thieves must have loaded it onto a truck.

“Before they steal your canopy they deflate your vehicles’ tyres to prevent you from chasing them if you should catch them in the act.”

This modus operandus, Liebenberg says, was confirmed by a motorist who stopped at the scene after he had contacted the Community Policing Forum on the two-way radio.

“The man told me that he too had been a victim and that the thieves used the same method to steal his bakkie’s canopy.”

The thieves do not seem to be interested in any goods that were in the bakkie and left his son’s starting blocks that he uses at for athletics events.

Liebenberg told the NEWS that he bought his bakkie in December last year and insured it with a new insurer on 1 February.

“The insurance told me that my excess is R6 000, which means that my monthly fees also will be increased,” he says.

“I went to a local canopy supplier and heard that it would cost about R12 000 to replace it.”

Liebenberg says that he opened a case at the South African Police Service.

Constable Tshepiso Mashale, a police spokesperson at the Krugersdorp Police Station confirmed that several canopies as well as motorcycles had been stolen lately but did not comment specifically on the matter yet.

If anyone has more information or has seen Liebenberg’s canopy being stolen they can contact the NEWS office on 011 955 1130.

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