Holiday homes raided

2010-12-06 00:00

AT least 31 Uvongo holiday homes were hit by burglars in November — the highest figure in recent years — and the situation is so grave that two police vans have been permanently deployed in the area for the rest of the holiday season in an effort to quell the crime wave.

The chairperson of the Uvongo Community Safety Forum, Ernest Booysen, said most of the burglaries took place in ground-floor holiday homes, many of them below Marine Drive, and in first-floor flats.

“This is the highest number of burglaries since 2008 when I started keeping records,” said Booysen.

“And we had 27 break-ins in Uvongo over that December, which is always the worst month,” he said.

What is more disturbing, said Booysen, is that most of the robberies took place between 1 am and 6 am when the occupants were asleep.

He said that in some break-ins the burglar guards had been removed.

Booysen praised the the South African Police Force for its help.

“We had their full co-operation for four days from 26 November when we had three vehicles and seven members patrolling the area,” he added.

“Now they have allocated two vehicles permanently to see if we can stem this tide of crime — we are very grateful.”

When asked what precautions residents should take, Booysen said:

“Close windows that don’t have burglar guards on them. Lock up valuables.

“Be vigilant. If you see suspicious people watching you, phone one of these two numbers: 039 312 9864 or 039 312 9822.”

Abrie Spies of Abrie Spies Estate Agency and Holiday Letting confirmed that several of his holiday homes have been burgled.

“These burglars have become so blatant now they don’t care about going through small windows anymore — they just break the biggest pane so they can get in quickly,” he said.

“These robbers watch the movements of people and as soon as they go out to the beach or wherever then they move in.

“It’s a real bugger because people wait all year for their holiday and then it gets spoilt.”

Abrie Spies, letting agent

These burglars have become so blatant now they don’t care about going through small windows anymore – they just break the biggest pane so they can get in quickly.

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