Gang targets electric gate motors

2013-12-18 00:00

SOME residents in Durban have fallen victim to a gang that has been stealing their electric gate motors.

Replacing the motors can be costly, with residents paying up to R5 000 for a new one.

Sydenham CPF chairperson Satish Dhupelia said the increase in gate motor theft is a growing concern, with more than four motors having been stolen in one night.

“We have been getting continuous calls from residents saying their gate motors have been stolen. In one instance, there were four stolen in one night.

“All incidents are recent and have occurred in the last couple of months,” said Dhupelia.

He believed the stolen motors are sold and enter the re-used motor market.

“I am not sure if it is the same group of men who have stolen all the gate motors in the area, but what I have noticed is that they are very knowledgeable in the way they remove the gate motors.”

Estelle Anderson (43), a resident in Sparks Road, said she was shocked that someone had removed the gate motor from her property without causing any damage to her electric gate.

“We did not even hear a sound when they removed the motor. Our gate has an anti-theft bracket as well as a lock so they must have done this several times to remove it without a sound or any damage,” said Anderson.

Anderson added that the gate was not derailed, just opened slightly so that one person could enter.

Said Dhupelia, “These people are not opportunistic and stand around keeping an eye on the houses. Residents need to be on high alert at all times and should always report any suspicious people they see.”

Captain Myen Lazarus, from the Sydenham SAPS, said people should not be paying so much to install electric gates and should consider manual gates.

“We have told residents to put in extra security around their gates to prevent the motors been stolen but that does not seem to help either. It would be best to stick to the normal manual gates”, he said.

“We have information that could lead us to the culprits but we are currently working on that. We still need to determine where these motors are being taken to.”

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