‘Fence off field from robbers’

2015-05-12 06:00
A Sheraton Park resident says her cries to have an open field on the corner of Ivory Close fenced is “falling on deaf ears”. She claims that many robberies have occurred there.  

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astrid februarie

A Sheraton Park resident says her cries to have an open field on the corner of Ivory Close fenced is “falling on deaf ears”. She claims that many robberies have occurred there. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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A Sheraton Park resident says her cries to have an open field fenced is “falling on deaf ears”.

The woman spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimised. She says she has, on many occasions, witnessed how people are robbed while crossing the field.

The field is situated between Ivory Close and Zircon Circle.

According to the resident people use it as a shortcut from Capricorn, Coniston Park, Hillview, Seawinds and Lavender Hill.

“Many people cross the field to get to the train station, and walk the same field on their way home from work late in the evenings,” she says.

She asks: “How many people must still be robbed or hurt on this field before something is done?”

She says that on one occasion she, her brother and her mother heard someone shouting for help. This happened on 17 April just after 09:00. “When we came outside we saw there was a man standing in front of the long reeds on the field with two of his ‘accomplices’ trying to rob the man who was on his way to work.

“He had to jump in the canal and throw his bag and shoes between the reeds so that they could not get hold of it,” she explains.

She further says that her brother then ran home to get their dog to try and scare the thieves and help the man.

“The thieves eventually ran in the direction of Coniston Park and we managed to help the man. He was scared and in shock,” she says.

Captain Stephen Knapp, spokesperson of the Muizenberg police, says he is aware of this robbery hotspot, but police are continuously monitoring it.

“It is part of our ongoing strategy and operations in the precinct and we monitor this area along with other crime hotspots during the day and evening,” he says.

Knapp says the most recent robberies on this field took place about three weeks ago.

“We have no reported incidents of robberies on record, but we will continue to patrol this area to ensure the safety of residents and people who use the train in the early hours of the morning and late into the evening,” he says.

The concerned resident believes that “gangsters and drug addicts use that as a hideout for all sorts of criminal activities”.

“Every week you hear and see people being robbed but we do not even bother to involve police because they always take for­ever to get to the scene of the crime,” she claims.

She further says that her house is not “a house of rescue, a shelter or Retreat day hospital where they help or counsel people who have been robbed or hurt”.

“We don’t get paid to be trauma counsellors or help injured people and therefore I ask: ‘What must still happen before someone decides to close up the field?’”

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