Highway helps thieves

2014-07-24 00:00

LOCAL crimebusters say being close to a highway and overgrown bushes led to a spate of robberies in a road in Dawncliff, Westville.

Westville Community Policing Forum chairperson Mike Myers said that nightly burglaries in Jupiter Road could be put down to its geographic placement, and electronic goods seem to top the burglars’ “shopping list”.

The robberies were highlighted in the minutes of the forum when they met last week.

“The continued siege of break-ins in the Jupiter Road, Westville North area was brought up, every night something happens in the area,” the minutes read.

Myers said Dawncliff is close to the M19 and next to the bushes in which the perpetrators can easily hide.

“That is why it is so easy for people to get to these houses, break in and get away quickly, mostly with electronics”.

He said members from the Flying Squad and Crime Prevention Units were working to weaken the forces that break into these homes; “they patrol the M19 but it is still difficult to see those hiding in the bushes,” he added.

The crime statistics for June contained in the minutes showed a decrease in housebreakings, but mentions that theft of motor vehicles, as well as theft out of vehicles were on an increase.

“We need to be an active neighbourhood, with residents becoming more involved,” Myers said.

He added the neighbourhood watch needed to get more visible.

This can be achieved by patrolling the streets with the stickers on their cars, and assisting the police to increase their limited resources.

“We must do all we can to help make our community safer,” said Myers.

To aid their fight against crime the Westville police station converted two parking garages into an office for the Crime Prevention Unit, and Myers expressed his thanks to the public who came forward to help fund this.

• The next Westville Community Policing Forum meeting is on August 15 at 6 pm, at the Westville Country Club.

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