Station labelled ‘hotspot’

2015-10-06 06:00
Plumstead station and its subways are infamous crime areas, especially for robberies. Commuters are asked to report all incidents of crime and suspicious behaviour. A ward councillor says she’ll ensure that the gates are locked when the station is no

Plumstead station and its subways are infamous crime areas, especially for robberies. Commuters are asked to report all incidents of crime and suspicious behaviour. A ward councillor says she’ll ensure that the gates are locked when the station is no

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Residents are being encouraged to report incidents of crime as well as suspicious behaviour in the Diep River area.

During a Community Police Forum (CPF) meeting last week it was revealed that many incidents are not being reported.

Speaking during the meeting, Andrew Lillie, chairperson of the Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch, said if the crime was not reported and a case not opened the incident was not registered in police statistics and “did not exist”.

“I urge residents to at least report the incident, even if they think it is petty crime. It is important to report it as small incidents can lead to bigger issues for residents as well as for police,” he said.

Ward councillor Carol Bew shared Lillie’s sentiment and said she had recently received a number of complaints from residents that their taps, pipes and pot plants were stolen from their properties.

“I urge residents to report these missing or suspected stolen items to the police before it escalates into bigger items being stolen. Police can follow and pick up if there is a trend in the community where certain items are being stolen, but also alert other residents to this activity,” she said.

Bew said even if it was a garden tap that had been stolen it had to be reported.

Lillie said crime that was not being reported was giving a false indication about the level of crime in the community.

“Police can only operate effectively if they are aware of the issues in the community, which is why it is so important for residents to report stolen items,” he said.

Bew further said she had concerns with regard to Plumstead station as someone had robbed there at knife point a couple of weeks ago.

“This is a crime hotspot and I will find out what steps can be taken to ensure the gates are locked when the station is not in use and speak to police and Metro Police to monitor and patrol more,” she said.

Warrant officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson of Diep River police station, encouraged businesses in the community to get involved with neighbourhood watches to ensure there was more visibility on the street.

“We have the support of the neighbourhood watches, but encourage business owners to join the safety structures in the community. There are far too few businesses supporting the neighbourhood watches.”

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