Cops warn of imposters

2011-09-12 00:00

POLICE have warned residents about bogus electricity meter readers after a house robbery in Ernest Tooth Road, Scottsville, on Wednesday last week.

Domestic worker Bongiwe Njoko (26) was alone at her workplace when the intercom rang at the main gate.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Njoko went to the gate and met three men who claimed to be meter readers from Msunduzi Municipality’s electricity department and had come to read the meter.

Njoko opened the gate and the men forced her into the house.

They tied her hands and feet, bundled her into one of the rooms and ransacked the house.

Three television sets, a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash and a desktop computer were taken.

Njoko was not injured and no arrests have been made.

“During the incident Njoko heard a vehicle enter the premises and after a while she heard it leaving.

“She managed to free herself after a short while and contacted the owner,” said Jeevan.

“We caution the public to be alert to this type of modus operandi being used by criminals.

“People must not to open doors or gates to people claiming to be providing services that require access to premises without requesting proof of identification.

“Alternatively, people can contact the relevant company to verify the authenticity of the visit before allowing any unknown person onto their premises,” Jeevan added.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the meter reading personnel all have identification tags bearing their faces.

“We advise people to ask for these tags and failure to produce one should raise suspicion,” said Zuma.

chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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