Burglaries on the increase

2011-08-12 00:00

AFTER an alarming spate of burglaries, residents in Umtentweni believe that all the incidents may be the work of the same perpetrator or syndicate and are warning people to be on the alert until the suspects are caught.

At 4 am yesterday Elaine King and her partner were awoken by a sound in their Eden Park home.

King said, “It was a sound like a Trellidor being shaken and my first thought was that someone was breaking in.

“John flew out of bed, shouted and saw an intruder running into the bushes. He chased him but was unable to catch him.”

She said that after investigating they found glass from a broken bathroom window and the burglar guard had been pushed out.

Although nothing was taken and the intruder was chased away, King worries about the people who have fallen victim to the recent spate of burglaries.

“What does one do when we live in a complex with electric fencing and need a remote control to access our home?” asked King.

“Living doesn’t come safer than this and yet we are not safe. It is really depressing and makes me fed-up with this country.

“My emotional wellbeing has been violated and I will never sleep quite as well in our cottage as well as I did before — and that is damage that can’t be undone.”

Less than half a kilometre from King’s home an anonymous resident reported another attempted burglary.

He lives in the Siefte block of flats and arrived home from work just after 1 am.

“My teenage daughter and wife were alone at home,” said the resident.

“My daughter was lying awake in bed when she heard a rattling sound and she started to scream.”

The incident happened just when he was pulling into his driveway.

“They got disturbed and ran away through another exit.

“If I was a few more minutes later they could have got into my home, and who knows what could have happened.”

The man hurried into his house to make sure his family was safe before going back out to see if he could find the intruder.

“I got into my bakkie and drove along the road searching for them, but could not find anyone.”

He returned home and noticed that the kitchen window had been broken and found a piece of scrap wood in the burglar guard.

“They used the scrap wood to try either to remove the burglar guard or to bend it enough to squeeze in,” the resident said.

He said a unit in Hampton Mews, which is also in the neighbourhood, was broken into around the same time.

Contact with the complex or occupant could not be made at the time of going to print.

Two weeks ago the Venture Inn and Quenchers Bar were also broken into.

All the incidents happened after midnight within a two-kilometre radius.

Both King and the Siefte flat resident warned people in the area to lock up and be extra vigilant.

They said residents should look out for strange vehicles in the area late at night and all incidents must be reported to the police “so that there can be a greater hype around this and they can be caught”.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid could not be reached for comment.

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