Stern warning for criminals

2013-09-20 00:00

THE writing is on the wall, for criminals at least. Especially if you are a criminal in Musgrave, Durban.

Mohammed Sheard, who runs Sheard Properties on Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) Road, spraypainted a harsh warning on his boundary wall, warning them that anyone who comes into the neighbourhood thinking they can commit crime will run the risk of losing body parts.

Sheard says he has been driven to this drastic measure because he was tired of reporting crime to the police.

“I don’t report crime, I deal with it,” he fumed about what he calls “the tardy reaction by police to decisively deal with crime matters reported to them”.

Berea police spokesperson Lieutenant Poobalan Naidoo said although they understood that Sheard acted within his rights to express his feelings, they will always advise against vigilantism.

Naidoo said that there were few incidents of violence in the suburb and that crime levels were under control.

He added that the types of crime more prevalent in the area were break-ins and theft from vehicles, often because valuables were left in plain sight, or in some instances cars were left unlocked.

Naidoo encouraged residents to report crime, as this was crucial in compiling accurate crime figures and helping identify problem areas.

• kabelo.mohlohlo@witness.co.za

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