Rental Car Company Firms Security

An executive of a Nadi rental car company has vowed to take extra care to safeguard their property after one of the vehicles in their fleet was used in the
02 May 2015 09:14
Rental Car Company Firms Security
Salen Chand shows the damage on the vehicle that was used for the second robbery. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

An executive of a Nadi rental car company has vowed to take extra care to safeguard their property after one of the vehicles in their fleet was used in the robbery at the Aerotown service station early on Monday.

True Blue Operations Manager Salen Chand says he has now tightened security around the car yard and people should learn from this robbery.

“If I was not robbed on that morning, after watching that video I would take measures to safeguard my property better,” he said.

Mr Chand was woken up by a phone call by staff telling him about the robbery.

“Around 3am I received a call and was informed about this incident and I called Police straight away,” he said.

“Five minutes later I reached the location and found that the Police team had already arrived. They were fast and on the move that night and arrived at the scene very fast and that made me relieved.

“I gave the vehicle registration to the Police and they knew which vehicle to look out for that night.

“During the robbery the DV camera recorder deck, $150 (petty cash) sitting on the table and keys belonging to three other vehicles were also stolen.

“Later on, around 4am, I found out that the vehicle was found abandoned at Denarau Road. I noticed a lot of damage to the vehicle and so the Police told us that they will need to take the fingerprints first.

“So I gave them the spare keys we had and they did their investigations and took the vehicle to the Police station.”

Mr Chand later picked up the vehicle from the station and on Monday and brought it back to his yard. The rental vehicle sustained $5000 worth of damage.

Mr Chand says people, especially business owners, need to be more alert now.

“I have to have tighter security now, so I have two guards now and that is now an extra charge on me,” he said.

Meanwhile, the security guard on duty at the car yard on the morning of the robbery, Setareki Saukuru, said a group of men cut open the compound fence before entering the compound, grabbing him and tying him  up.

“One stood guard near me with a knife and they grabbed my mobile phone and the keys to the main gate, before asking me where the car keys were,” he said.

“Then they came and broke the office door open and grabbed some keys before taking off with the Fielder and a few other vehicle keys.

“After they left I called out for help and a man arrived to free me.”

In another development, one of the robbers who was left behind by his gang as they fled Police is still at the Nadi Hospital.

He is under Police custody. He was reported to have been hit in the head by a rock thrown by a Police officer.

His condition has not been disclosed. Meanwhile, the hunt is on for the remaining four.



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