Repeated break-ins worrying

2015-05-27 06:00
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Brandon Smith points to the broken window, accessed by robbers on Thursday.

PHOTO: tania sandberg Brandon Smith points to the broken window, accessed by robbers on Thursday.

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RESIDENTS of Saltwood Drive are tired of being the targets of house break-ins. “The problem is an open field from Old Main Road, through which the thieves gain access to our property,” said Saltwood Drive resident Gwenda Smith.

According to Smith, the perpetrators gained access to their property from Old Main Road side by cutting a hole in the fence in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Smith’s husband Dougie heard noises and saw the robbers in the yard. Alerted by him, they fled. The perpetrators then returned on Thursday at around 11am.

“They gained access to the house by cutting another hole in the fence and gained access to the house by breaking windows and bending the burglar bars. Luckily, Dougie came to check on the house and disturbed them and they ran away, but they left a lot of damage as the whole frame had to be replaced. They returned again by cutting another hole and managed to get into the property, but the alarm went off and CCPO and Blue Security were on the scene and saw the guy climbing out a window and running through the veld. They chased him and he was caught,” Smith said.

On 19 May, burglars gained forced access to the Saltwood Drive home and stole a black Toshiba flat-screen TV. “We left our home just after 7.05am. At noon we received a call from their security company that the alarm had been activated. The burglars gained access by forcing the security gate and forcing open the kitchen door,” Smith said.

“The previous break-in was just a couple of months ago. We approached our councillor last year to see if something could be done about the open property that has been bought but never developed as intended. It however seems that the owner cannot be forced to at least clear the veld and maintain the overgrown bushes and fence the property properly. Our long-time neighbour on the right has had so many break-ins he eventually sold his property in dismay,” Smith said.

Smith neighbours to the left recently invested a huge outlay in electric fencing, but it is not an affordable option for everybody.

“We are asking the council to assist that the Old Main Road property be kept clean so that they cannot hide and are visible­,” she said.

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