Crooks wait for the dark

2014-11-25 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG Safe City manager Lucas Holtzhausen is concerned that criminals are capitalising on the recent load shedding.

Holtzhausen said the Safe City team detected a disturbance outside a store in Garfield Street on Friday night.

“It appeared that a business robbery had occurred where four men, one armed with a firearm, had entered the store and robbed it of an unknown quantity of goods.

“The significance of this case is it happened during a load-shedding cycle. We also received reports of street robberies in the lower CBD during load shedding,” said Holtzhausen.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed the robbery had taken place but that nothing had been stolen.

Although the incident was reported by Safe City to have happened in the early evening on Sunday, Naicker said he could not confirm the incident took place during load shedding.

Holtzhausen appealed to residents to be on the lookout and to stay safe.

“Safe City is concerned that criminals know when load shedding cycles are implemented and they target those areas when there is no power.

“We appeal to all business and house owners as well as the public to exercise extreme caution during these periods and to report any suspicious behaviour,” he said.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said residents need to be alert during this time.

Take precautions during

load shedding

Institute for Security Studies senior researcher Dr Johan Burger said there are a few precautions one can take to ensure safety during load-shedding.

Burger said it is always a good idea to have some form of alternate energy during load shedding whether it is a ­generator or torches. For businesses, if a generator is unaffordable, the business needs to work around the schedule.

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