Armed robbery spike in Scottsville

2017-08-23 06:00

THE Alexandra SAPS held a safety precaution awareness campaign in Scottsville on Wednesday, August 16, following an increase in the number of armed robberies there.

Station communications officer, Captain Kholeka Mhlongo warned people living in the area, especially those who normally walk outside at night with cell phones, about the situation.

She said most victims of the armed robberies are students who become easy targets when they walk about at night with laptops or cell phones while using them, chatting on them or listening to music on a cell phone with headphones.

“When the students do this they can easily be robbed either at knife or gunpoint or their devices can be snatched from them,” Mhlongo said.

She said on Saturday, August 12, at 11pm, a 19-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint of his laptop and cell phone in Scottsville.

“The complainant alleged he was walking in St Patrick’s Road when he was approached by an unknown African­ male, who demanded money, but he told the suspect he did not have any so the suspect searched him and took a cell phone and laptop worth R6 000,” said Mhlongo.

In some instances the robbers travel in vehicles and mug pedestrians who, in most cases, use their devices indiscreetly.

“On Friday, at around the same time, a female was attacked by unknown male suspects in Sari Road in Scottsville,” Mhlongo said.

She said the victim had been walking with a friend when an unknown vehicle stopped next to them and the occupants got out the car and came after the two friends.

“One managed to run away, but the suspects got hold of the victim and assaulted her. A shot was fired during the incident,” Mhlongo said.

She said the Alexandra SAPS are investigating cases of armed robbery for the first incident and common assault for the latter since nothing was taken from the victim.

“We advise the community, especially students, to take heed of the following safety precautions. Never walk alone, especially at night. Do not carry valuable items such as laptops, cell phones, cameras and cash when walking at night because you become an easy target for criminals. Avoid displaying valuables which criminals can see,” she said.

She said letting others know your whereabouts is just as important as trusting one’s instincts. - Supplied.

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