Keep a watch on your garage

2017-08-29 06:00

Rondebosch police warn community members to secure their garages as a new burglary syndicate has emerged.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam says police are investigating a number of break-ins since the beginning of this month.

Different cases of burglary were reported at the station in which criminals broke into the garage and stole from the parked cars and left them damaged.

He says more than four such cases have been reported.

“Police are noticing with concern that more and more home garages are becoming the targets of criminals. An appeal is therefore made for homeowners to fit an extra sensor to their garages, linking them to their home alarm.

Sisam says a successful garage break-in puts the home at risk as the security system could easily be tested and tampered with. He says in the reported break-ins the burglars could not get into the houses as they were hampered by burglar alarms and burglar proofing.

He also warns cyclists to be careful with their bicycles as these are also targeted.

“We are investigating cases of stolen bicycles, some also stolen from garages while others go missing while parked outside. It is not yet known why bicycles are targeted. Our team is determined to fight these new trends from the root.”

This is not the first time Rondebosch police report noticing a trend of bicycles being targeted. In April, three bicycles were stolen in Rosebank (“Bicycles stolen”, People’s Post, 2 May).

Police suspect it could be a rising ­syndicate.

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