Easy pickings for thieves

2015-05-05 06:00
Sea Point police are reporting a crime spike in sector 1 of the precinct.

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Sea Point police are reporting a crime spike in sector 1 of the precinct. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Residents in Green Point have seen theft from vehicles and house break-ins soaring.

This as the policing sector bears the brunt of these crimes in the area.

Police have recorded between three and four cases of theft out of vehicles per day in the last three months, says police spokesperson Warrant Officer Bheki Xulu.

“Most of the vehicles are parked on the street and people are still leaving valuables visible in their vehicles,” he says.

Theft is most common between Boundary and Glengariff roads and from High Level to Main roads, Xulu says.

“The best way to prevent this crime is to take all valuable items out of the vehicle,” he says.

“Always make sure by feeling the doors that the vehicle is properly locked and always check for any suspicious people around you.”

The area makes for easy pickings with numerous escape routes to the CBD and surrounding areas, Xulu explains.

The area sees twice as many house break-ins as any other sector in the police precinct, Xulu says. These are often opportunistic crimes, carried out when windows are left open or entrance is gained through garage doors, he says.

Bradley Braithwaite, Green Point Neighbourhood Watch project manager, says crime is also prevalent in lower Sea Point, which sees as many incidents as Green Point.

The majority of incidents take place between 18:00 and 21:00 or in the early hours of the morning, he says.

“Residents are very, very concerned,” he says.

“We’re seeing more residents forming street committees or even investigating hiring private security guards.”

However, Xulu says police operations are yielding results. “Criminals are taking any opportunity available but the police have been arresting them during various weekly operations,” he says.

Undercover operations also take place.

However, more buy-in is needed from the community, Xulu believes.

Residents need to get involved to prevent crime, Braithwaite agrees.

“We’re encouraging residents to join block committees and become Neighbourhood Watch members,” he says.

The organisation posts information on social media sites and runs a radio channel for Green Point residents to get updates.

“We’re working hard to get people involved,” he says

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