Residents want security back

2015-04-30 06:00

RESIDENTS of Amethyst Crescent in Copesville want municipality security guards back on the street as they believe their visibility will deter electricity cable theft in the area.

Last Monday at 3am in Amethyst Crescent a cable was dug up. In 2013 at the same place a cable was removed leaving seven houses without lights, including street lights.

Resident Rhoda Padayachee said seven houses were affected when the cable was stolen on Monday. She said on each occasion when there was criminal activity her dogs would bark.

“They barked and we knew that something was going on outside. Immediately after that, the lights went off and the entire street was plunged into darkness. I could see them digging, but there was nothing I could do because I was scared.

“I called the police and they told us they are coming, but they never did. Criminals are not scared to commit crime in this area because they are aware that no one will stop them. They continue with their operation without any worry,” said Padayachee.

The Copesville police station is few metres away from where the incident took place. Resident Thabisile Zondo said things were better when there were security guards patrolling the area.

“Crime was manageable and criminals were aware there were security guards who patrolled. We are appealing to the municipality to bring back the guards. We are tired of criminals doing as they please in our space,” said Zondo.

Ward 29 councillor Thandi Ndlovu was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press. Msunduzi Municipality acting marketing and communications manager Nqobile Madonda said security guards had stopped patrolling in the area because of limited financial resources.

She said the municipality will refer the matter to the relevant sections to make a decision. Madonda urged the community to report incidents of electricity theft

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