LEPHALALE — The removal of shopping trolleys from a shopping centre is against the law and can carry a fine, says Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson.
The question that more and more trolleys get stolen to be used to transport goods (perhaps with the intention of returning it later) was discussed during the meeting of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) last Thursday.
The question was also asked as to why the movement of trolleys is not better controlled by the shopping centres’ management themselves?
Janette Kruger, marketing manager of the Lephalale Mall confirmed that the theft of trolleys is a problem. Some shops recover their trolleys on a weekly or fortnightly basis whereby a truck is sent out to retrieve abandoned trolleys from open stands and in the bush.
Janette added that they do have special trolley attendants whose job it is to ensure that the trolleys get returned to their bank after use, as well as to ensure that the trolleys do not leave the premises; but it is not possible for them to be everywhere all of the time.
Janette confirmed that a steel trolley costs R1 200 and a plastic one R1 700. A considerable sum of money if you have to keep replacing them regularly!