Oribi residents claim cops are reluctant to deal with area’s high crime

2014-04-01 00:00

ORIBI residents claim police have left them at the mercy of criminals who rob and terrorise them inside their homes.

They say the area has been plagued by a crime wave as a result of widespread drug abuse and the police, they say, have been reluctant to deal with crime there because it is a poor area.

Colonel Jay Naicker of the SAPS, however, denied this, saying they do not classify victims of crime by their standard of living and that every victim is given the same service by the SAPS.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said she was again a victim of a burglary last week and so were three other houses in the area on the same day.

She said a criminal tried to break into her home last Tuesday night but, fortunately, they managed to chase him away.

Criminals have broken into her home at least seven times before.

“We called the police, and they arrived this time and did fingerprints and everything. We believe that they also went and did the same at the three other houses that had been broken into.

“In the past few years, my house has been broken into at least seven times and six times the police never came. In the past, we have woken up to find that holes had been cut in the fence and we found boards on the fence that criminals had used to jump over it,” said the resident.

“They have broken in and stolen equipment that my husband needs to run his business and they have stolen many other items.”

The resident said they were concerned about the police’s inability to curb crime.

“We just want to know why the police are not protecting us. Why are they discriminating against us because of where we live?”

A drive to the area showed evidence of a community living in fear. Some of the residents have barricaded their verandas with steel bars.

One resident pointed to a street in the area where all the youths, allegedly abusing substances, hang out in groups.

“They steal to feed their habit … There is Whoonga here. When they come to steal, they attack homes that have the biggest dogs and they manage to get around them. They get inside and they beat the people up.”

The resident said they were aware of at least two other houses that were robbed last week.

Naicker said although his office is not entitled to supply statistics regarding break-ins in the area, “we can confirm that police have received complaints of housebreaking in the area and are investigating the incidents”.

He said the allegations of drug use will be investigated.

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