Burglars of the strong, silent type

2015-04-30 16:26

Quiet thieves are on the prowl and police have issued a warning calling on residents to take extra precautions when securing their homes.

Speaking during a joint meeting at Diep River police station last week, Warrant Officer Keith Chandler said burglaries had increased across the precinct.

He explained Plumstead was the main concern as the modus operandi had changed from just break-ins at garages to thieves accessing homes through garages.

Detective Warrant Officer Steven Young said the thefts took place in the early hours and in many of the reported cases officers had found residents left their windows open.

“We have found the windows are left open and the criminals are using car jacks to open the burglar bars. They are very quiet and in most cases the residents don’t even know there were people in their homes,” he explained.

He said among the reported stolen items were big appliances like TVs.

According to a report from a security company, they have found many cases where residents leave their garage doors or windows open. They have issued warnings asking residents to stop doing this and to take extra precautions.

Another concern raised were reports of a taxi duo, operating in a white Siyaya taxi, robbing southern suburbs residents.

In recent weeks there has been several cases in which victims have been robbed at knifepoint by two men in a white taxi.

In the most recent case a 20-year-old student was robbed on the corners of Melville and Garden streets.

Chandler said the driver was described as having a grey beard. He warned residents to be on the lookout for a white taxi operating outside normal taxi routes.

Neighbourhood watches also questioned whether or not a taxi with no passengers would be considered suspicious.

Chandler agreed and asked watches to be on the lookout.

The Diep River police, along with metro police, held a road block on Main Road and arrested seven people for driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday 18 April.

Chandler said after 45 minutes of setting up the roadblock the drunk drivers were arrested and processed.

“Thereafter a visible police operation started and resulted in 25 stop and searches which resulted in one arrest and about 31 identity checks, and two fines being issued,” he said.

Chandler said the operation could not have been successful without the assistance of two Diep River reservists, 15 Southfield Neighbourhood Watch patrollers, two detectives, two visible police officers and a nurse.

“Without the assistance of all involved we would not be successful in the fight against crime in our neighbourhood,” he said

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