Don’t be an easy target

2015-05-12 06:00

Police have cautioned residents of Maitland to be extra vigilant after a recent spate of robberies and break-ins at homes in the area.

According to Constable Lorencial Johnson, spokesperson of the Maitland police, cases have been reported of two males walking together and then threatening women with knives and robbing them of mostly cash and cellphones.

Johnson says criminals rely heavily on easy opportunities to strike and she urged residents to be discreet with their cash and personal belongings such as cellphones, laptops and tablets.

“For the past few months incidents of robberies have often occurred before, during and after commuter peak hours,” she says.

The number of home invasions, especially over weekends, has also raised some concern. According to Johnson the house break-ins occur mostly over weekends – especially on Sundays. The robbers gain entry to houses by forcing open doors and windows. She said residents should inform their neighbours when they leave their home, be it for long periods or just a quick visit to the shops.

She said the Paardeneiland area has also had a few break-ins at various businesses.

Residents of the Maitland area should take note of the numbers for the local police:

. Shift commander on duty at any given time: 082 302 9574.

. Maitland police station: 021 506 9400

. Sector 1 commander: 079 894 1394

. Sector 1 patrol vehicle (Ysterplaat, Brooklyn and Paarden Eiland): 079 894 1397

. Sector 2 commander: 082 522 1713

. Sector 2 patrol vehicle (Maitland, Garden Village, Oude Molen Eco Village): 082 302 0977

. Complaints against police: 021 941 4800

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