Crime wave hits Waterfall

2015-04-30 14:11

AWAVE of crime has hit Waterfall­ and the Hillcrest police­ are urging residents to be cautious and beef up security.

Speaking to the Fever, Hillcrest CPF public relations officer Steven King said police and security companies are now joining forces to rid the streets of criminals.

He said it seems as though a gang is operating in the area as the modus­ operandi is similar in most cases.

The most recent incident occurred last Monday when three men attempted a house robbery along Nzinga Drive.

“The men entered the house through the bathroom window and ransacked the house. “The tenants heard a loud bang and then saw the men inside her house,” he said.

“He said the men fled. No arrests have been made. SAPS, Shongweni K9, Waterfall 3 NHW, Secure Link were on scene.”

King said in a separate incident the night before a Waterfall resident was assaulted during a home invasion in Forest Hills Road.

“Three armed men burst into her home after kicking down the front door. “The men held up the resident at gunpoint and tied her to a chair. “They assaulted her while demanding the PIN for her credit card,” he said.

“The men fled with cellphones, clothes, a wallet and cash. Paramedics attended the scene to assess the victim’s injuries. Fortunately she did not need to be hospitalised,” he said.

King said that Hillcrest SAPS attended the scene of the crime and the robbers are being sought.

King said that residents need to take onus of their safety as crime is increasing steadily.

He said that external security beams must always be switched on at night and homes need to be well lit.

Blue security operations manager Brian Jackson, who is also working closely with police in Waterfall, offered tips for residents.

“The best defence against crime is a layered security system that provides an early warning system to alert you to the presence of intruders­, so that you can take your family to a ‘safe room’ in the house,” he said.

“A safe room can be a bathroom or a bedroom that you can lock and which has been equipped with a spare cellphone and remote panic button so you can call for help in an emergency,” he said.

Jackson said layers of security included electric fences, anti-gatecrashing kits, external beams and dogs that would sound the alarm to alert you of intruders.

“If you find yourself cornered and face-to-face with armed robbers in your home, the safest course of action is to co-operate and hand over your valuables so they can leave as quickly as possible,” he said.

Jackson said the company’s crime statistics showed that in cases where residents had resisted and tried to fight back, incidents often ended in injury or tragedy

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