Correction: ‘Residents are negligent’

2017-09-20 06:01

IN the September 13 edition of PE Express, the article “Residents are negligent” states that there had been three burglaries in one week at the Kragga Kamma Uitspanning retirement village.

In fact, there had been one break-in and two attempted burglaries. Colonel Priscilla Naidu, police spokesperson, confirmed the one burglary only. The PE Express unreservedly apologises for the error.

In the report, a resident, Arno Pieterse, was quoted saying that “almost every week the complex is broken into”. Clea Eckermann, chairperson: board of trustees of Kragga Kamma Uitspanning, says Pieterse’s statement is “factually completely false”, as well as Pieterse’s statement that in the six months that he had been living in the retirement village, there were more than 10 burglaries. According to Eckermann, there were two break-ins last year during the month of December 2016, as well as two break-ins during the last nine months – one, a number of weeks ago and the one that was reported on in last week’s PE Express.

Eckermann said another incident was not a break-in as the “thieves entered the unit through unlocked, open doors. It is believed that the thieves returned, after having been invited into the unit about a week prior to the theft. It appears that they, the thieves, knew what to steal and when to access the unit – the owner was being watched by the thief for an opportune moment to enter the unit when the resident walked out leaving the door open,” said Eckermann.

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