Drive-by muggers in Kensington hit two more victims Harlyn Watch is constantly advising residents and members be vigilant ...” “

2015-05-19 06:00

The area around Purley Park in Kensington has added another incident to crime statistics when two young women were mugged by two men who made a quick getaway on a scooter.

Residents belonging to the HarLyn Neighbourhood Watch Facebook group first caught wind of the news of the mugging last Friday via the group’s page on the social media site.

According to the post, the two young women where robbed of a camera by two suspects– one was wearing a black jacket with a Virgin Active bag on his back while the other suspect had on a red/orange shirt.

One of the men also tried to grab a bag off the shoulders of one of the women. Neither of the women sustained any serious injuries.

One of the patrollers of the HarLyn Neighbourhood Watch who happened to be in the park with her grandchild, called the patrol car on her radio when she heard the screams. Three patrollers as well as the patrol car came to her aid, but the suspects slipped away into the late afternoon traffic.

Suspicious carsCaptain Angie Latchman, spokesperson of the Wynberg policing area, confirmed that the mugging had been reported and said a case of theft has been registered at the Claremont police station.

“The mugging at Purely Park is the first incident reported at the park itself. However, muggings have been reported in Wessels, Surrey and York streets, which are all in close proximity to Purley Park.”

Latchman says a pre-2000 VW Citi Golf and VW Audi with between two to three unknown occupants have been spotted in the area.

She urges residents to be extremely vigilant when walking alone in the area and to ensure that personal belongings are not in full view.

Be vigilantPaul Burger, vice-chairperson of the Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch, confirms that although three patrollers responded to the broadcast on their radio network, the two suspects got away in the heavy traffic at the booms at Kenilworth station.

“Harlyn Watch is constantly advising residents and members via either the Facebook page or in face-to-face meetings in the street and any other opportunities available to be vigilant of their surroundings and not to be distracted by cellphones and earphones while walking in public. Drive-by muggings happen very quickly with the victims seldom realising that they are the target and therefore not able to react quickly enough. Members of the public need to be vigilant where ever they are and at all times.”

. The Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch can be contacted on 071 802 2454 (all hours). It is run by volunteers and they are always looking for new recruits to help in all areas Z from patrolling to administration

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