Be careful on the street, say cops

2016-03-01 06:00

Diep River police are calling on residents to be more vigilant as they have seen an increase in street robberies.

They say a number of people have had their cellphones, handbags and wallets stolen – especially on the roads close to the Plumstead cemetery.

They are concerned about crime around the entrance and exit roads in the area.

Last week they had major incidents as well.

Three pupils were accosted by a coloured man with a firearm on the grounds of Plumstead High School and robbed of their cellphones last week. No-one was injured and no shots were fired.

On Monday afternoon quick-thinking neighbourhood watch members alerted police and security companies of two suspicious men on the corner of Churchill and South roads in Plumstead.

Private security officers followed the suspects and informed police officers, who arrested the suspects.

On the same day, in the evening, at a shop on the same corner three coloured men (one armed with a silver pistol) jumped over the counter and told the owner to lie face down. They tied his hands behind his back with cable ties. The robbers, who spoke Afrikaans, took cigarettes, a cellphone and cash. No shots were fired and the owner was not injured.

Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson of Diep River police, says though it was a tough week generally crime levels were low in the area.

“There has been a decrease in housebreakings, theft out of cars and fewer cars being stolen. We have seen an increase in contact crimes. People must be very careful, especially at roads exiting or entering our area,” he says.V Anyone with information on these crimes can call the police station on 021 710 7388.

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