Steel gates gangs back

2015-08-27 06:00

The theft of steel gates is again on the rise in areas like Gugulethu, and residents are warned to be vigilant.

The nocturnal activities of the thieves have left many families in limbo as they are suddenly feeling exposed to yet more criminal acts as a result of the missing gates.

On Saturday morning, four families in NY101 woke up to their front porches wide open because of the missing steel gates.

The thieves work in stealth, as none of the families purported to have heard any loud noises during the robberies.

Three other families said they were lucky to wake with their gates still intact, although there was evidence of tampering around the hinges.

Ntombomzi Sigege, a resident, told City Vision that although she heard some noise, she could not have imagined that their gate was the target of thugs.

“I did hear some strange noises, but I never thought much of it as I assumed that it may be my nephew who usually sleeps in one of the back rooms. He doesn’t live here but when he is in the area he usually spends the night here and parks his car in the yard,” she said.

She said that it was only when she heard the screams of a neighbour that she knew that something was wrong.

“I heard a loud scream and jumped out of bed to check what was happening and even before I reached my neighbour I could see that our gate was gone.

She told me that she saw the men drive off with a bakkie loaded with gates without the lights on,” she said.

The men had targeted gates that were not locked and were quite masterful to remove them and load them with little noise, she said.

Another neighbour who also lost a gate said they felt more vulnerable with the gates gone. She was asleep when the robbery took place.

“I heard a bang and I immediately. jumped out of bed to check but, realising what was happening and fearing for my life, I quickly stepped back.

“I was scared they may have been carrying weapons, so I only watched as they loaded my gate into the car.

The lights were off and they drove very slowly. I only screamed when I thought it was safe(to do so),” she said.

She said that some of the gates in the street were tampered with and found to be too strong to remove.

The two neighbours said they were now living in fear as they were now more exposed to robbers. They have not opened a case with the police, citing indifference.

Captain Elliott Sinyangana said that the police were aware of such incidents.

“The street committee has approached us and informed us of the matter.

We will then hold another meeting with the community on Wednesday (19 August) at Vukukhanye Primary School,” said Sinyangana. He suggested that the police as well as the community will meet in an effort to find ways to prevent such incidents in the future

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