Call to close in on burglaries

2016-06-07 06:00

A Grassy Park resident is fed up with the police after house burglaries in the area seemed to have spiked and the response from the men and women in blue has left much to be desired.

After two separate incidents on the same day, Thursday 2 May, a resident says he received no response from the police after reporting a house burglary.

The resident, who did not want to be named, says suspects tried to gain entry to his home but the alarm scared them off.

“I was alerted by the security company soon after the alarm triggered. They called to confirm that there was positive forced entry at my home. I immediately went home when I was alerted at about 11:00,” he says.

The resident says when he got to his house, armed response arrived soon after and although the suspects did make off with any items form his home, he says he is yet to get a response from the police. “I waited all day on Thursday for the police to come out but to date they have not been here. The security company also alerted the police to the situation but to no avail,” he says.

While waiting for response from the police and taking interim measures to secure his property again, the resident says, the security company was alerted to another incident just two roads away with the same modus operandi. “(They were) alerted to another call and had to leave my home to the other premises where suspects also gained entry with a crowbar. Unfortunately in that incident suspects got away with valuables such as TVs, laptops and hard drives,” he says.

The resident says he was fed up of waiting for the police to respond to his call and also did not go to the station to lay a criminal charge.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says residents should lay charges in any criminal case.

“It is important for residents to know that even if the police were not at their homes, they can still go to the police station and make a case.

“We urge the community to make use of the 10111 number to report any crime as we can then establish who received the complaint and what the result was. If found (that the officer) did not attend to the complaint, disciplinary steps will be taken.”

According to the affected resident, a crowbar was used to gain entry to his property.

“We can’t confirm if it is related to a crow bar gang. Reported cases are under investigation. Grassy Park police are appealing to the community to inform us of suspicious vehicles and strangers roaming the area. Establish neighbourhood watches, street committees and keep in contact with your neighbours by forming Whatsapp groups,” Kleinsmith says.

If residents report crimes, the police are able to establish hotspots in the precinct.

“Regular patrols are happening but we need the community to be our eyes and ears.”

On Saturday 4 June an 18-year-old suspect was arrested for a house break-in an theft.

“A house break-in and theft case was opened in Lotus River where access was gained by breaking a window. The suspect of New Horizons was arrested and a stolen TV was recovered,” Kleinsmith confirms.

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