Clamp down on burglaries

2015-07-28 15:38

A breakthrough has been made by the Sea Point police in a spate of house burglaries and three people were arrested last week.

The suspects were linked to two cases of house break-ins.

This month has seen a surge in home burglaries in the upper Sea Point and Fresnaye areas. The spike is “concerning”, says Atlantic Seaboard Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Derek Salter.

“This has been a concern as this area has been very quiet in this respect for some time,” he says.

Sea Point police station commander Colonel Maehla Lento confirms the increase, saying there have been instances when residents were home during the burglaries.

“There is a tendency for this type of crime during winter,” he says.

“Criminals often gain access through slightly open windows or unlocked doors or they force open doors and windows. There has been noticeable criminal behaviour at or near construction sites.”

The police have since increased deployment to strategic places to discourage further incidents, Lento says.

“There have been operations with Sanparks and other roleplayers in the community,” he says.

The neighbourhood watch has been working with the police and a number of patrols have taken place, says Salter.

“We have also engaged with some of the residents affected. They came together to work with each other, the neighbourhood watch and the police to take on board some tips to help them do all they can to tackle these problems,” he says.

Fingerprints have been taken from the properties and Salter hopes this will help the police identify the perpetrators.

“We welcome the dedication of the police and the Sanpark rangers to solve these problems and improve the security of our community. I am confident that by all working together we will make a difference,” he says.

Although crime is “not out of control”, home owners should take some basic precautions, says Community Police Forum chairperson Heather Tager.

“Whether living in a flat or house, vet people prior to allowing them access and always confirm their legitimacy. A good security system should be installed and checked regularly,” she says.

Lighting around the perimeter of the house definitely acts as a deterrent, Tager says, and residents should always be alert for cars or people following you.

“Always keep a list of emergency numbers next to the telephone and immediately report suspicious activity to your security service provider or call the police,” she says

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