When the alarm goes, so should you

2015-06-30 06:00

Residents of Pinelands and the surrounding areas are urged to be extremely careful and to act quickly when their alarms are deactivated.

This is because there are a group of men suspected of using the same modus operandi as the crowbar gang who are stopping house alarms and breaking into homes. They are also derailing electrical gates to gain access to homes.

Over the past two weeks the police have seen an increase in break-ins using the same strategy and happening between 19:00 and 20:00 during the week.

In just two weeks the police have had reports of seven cases – all with the same modus operandi and taking place around the same time.

Held up at gun pointLast week, three suspects broke into a house but unfortunately this time the occupants were there. It is alleged that they held the residents up at gun point. They took the residents’ belongings and fled in the car they arrived in.

Captain Anton van Derberg says the suspects forced the front door open to enter the house.

“We have had an increase in break-ins to houses similar to the crowbar gang. They steal flat-screen TVs, laptops, jewellery and Playstations a lot,” he says.

Van Derberg adds that this is a quick process and it only takes about five minutes for the thieves to take what they want and be out of the house.

“That’s why any tampering with the alarm in those times of the day shouldn’t be taken lightly. They know they will be out before people react to the alarm that has been deactivated,” he says.

The police are urging residents to report any suspicious behaviour.

“We are working around the clock, but we want residents to work with us. Anything suspicious mustn’t be taken for granted. We have additional deployment and we are working closely with the Neighbourhood Watch to be our eyes as well. We will arrest the perpetrators,” says Van Derberg

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