Burglaries reaches boiling point

2015-08-25 14:58
A group of residents from New Horizons gather as they voice their concerns over burglaries in the area. 

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A group of residents from New Horizons gather as they voice their concerns over burglaries in the area. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

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A group of angry residents form New Horizons took to the streets on Wednesday evening saying “enough is enough”.

Residents from the area gathered on the corners of Oystercatcher and 18th Avenue to air their frustration relating to a spike in crime in their neighbourhood. They banded together saying they would no longer tolerate thieving criminals terrorising their area.

Incensed resident Eleanor Geland says she fears for her life as she has witnessed men coming to her neighbours yard already.

“These guys are brazen and they do these activities at any time of the day. I was at home one morning when these culprits came into my neighbour’s yard and broke in. I was absolutely terrified,” she says.

According to Geland the incident occurred just after 03:00 when a noise alerted her.

“I could not do anything because I was home alone with my children. And even if you do try and alert somebody by making a noise, that could easily cost you your life,” an angry Geland says.

She adds she has experienced more than five incidents in one week. Residents have had to part with electronics, appliances as well as jewellery as a result of frequent burglaries in the area.

“Almost every day we have three houses broken into. These thieves get through your kitchen window and break the burglar bars because the material that was used is of such low quality that breaking and entering is so easy,” she says.

According to Geland she now has to walk around being afraid of the criminals.

“Just earlier today I walked passed the guys who I know are guilty of these acts. I was so scared because you do not know what they are capable of.”

The group of angry residents extended an invitation to proportional representative councillor Patricia van der Ross who initially refused attending the citing that the planned march was “illegal”.

However, later the evening, Van der Ross attended the gathering saying that she wanted to clear up a few things with residents.

“I came here tonight to listen to the plight of residents and I can understand your frustration. I am also fed up of the crime in the area. But what must be understood is that we need to follow the correct processes if we want to be taken seriously. I am recording your concerns and will take this to the police station and ask them to take action,” Van der Ross explained.

She plead with residents not to take marching action to a suspects home as this could incriminate them.

“I will not be taking part in a march as this is deemed as an illegal gathering. However if people want to take this further we can approach the right people with our concerns and complaints,” she added.

Residents aired their concerns to Van der Ross saying they especially do not get support from the police.

“We want the police to patrol in the area daily. especially in the morning while people are on their way to work. These activities take place throughout the day so if they could have a dedicated patrol van in the area we would feel much better,” residents echoed.

Another resident Kim Louw says she is disappointed and angered at the same time due to the spike in crime.

“I live in a gap home and it just feels like we’re being targeted. It cannot go on like this because we work hard for our things then you get people who want to rob you of your hard-earned goods,” Louw says.

Despite Van der Ross’ plea for residents not to take part in a march, they continued with it nonetheless.

The group marched to an alleged suspects home in New Horizons and gathered outside daring him to come out as residents wanted to claim their goods back from him.

The community police forum and neighbourhood watches were granted permission to see if the alleged suspect was inside but this proved unfruitful.

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