‘Bring more cops here’

2016-03-01 06:00

Kommetjie neighbourhood watch members are calling for boosted safety services following an “increase in general crime” in the area.

In a social media post, Komwatch states that four armed attacks on residents and commuters travelling along Kommetjie Road, near Ocean View and Imhoff’s Farm, have taken place in as many days.

“These include shots fired and a stone thrown at vehicles and a mugging at knife point,” the post says.

Besides these attacks, Kommetjie has experienced “a huge escalation in robberies and general crime” over the last few months.

This is “indicative of the perpetrators knowing that [the police] and law enforcement services are substandard”.

Captain Angie Latchman, Wynberg policing cluster spokesperson, says according to records at Ocean View police station, there have been no reports of armed robberies along Kommetjie Road.

However, police have noticed a slight increase in housebreakings and thefts out of cars in the Kommetjie area.

Gang linkKomwatch chairperson Alan van Gysen says the crime is not specific to Kommetjie, but is linked to gang and drug violence in Ocean View and surrounding areas.

He is now calling for an increased presence of police and Law Enforcement officers.

“The lack of response is not because they don’t want to, but rather because there is no personnel. When they do respond, there is only one van,” he says.

“We want to see reservists appointed or 24-hour law enforcement on duty. We’re doing everything we can as a neighbourhood watch and we’re now looking to engage with government,” he says.

The City of Cape Town referred People’s Post to the police for comment.

“Police have increased patrols in the areas and are working very closely with the well-established neighbourhood to prevent crime in the Kommetjie area,” Latchman says.

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