’Tis the season to be robbed

2016-11-08 06:00

Wynberg police are urging residents to be extra careful as the year draws to a close.

Police officers are grateful for the community involvement in fighting crime through the course of the year and are calling for that same spirit to continue over the festive season.

Wynberg police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Nqunqeka says the festive season is the most critical time of the year as far as high crime rates are concerned.

“This is the time that most people receive their bonuses from work, sharing stokvel monies. So a lot of people become easy targets. We are calling on everyone to be very careful around this time,” she says.

People are advised to be more vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs.

“People are advised not to withdraw large amounts of money from the ATMs; rather go inside to the teller or swipe your card every time you purchase goods. Avoid walking alone when doing so. Criminals pretend to be standing in the queues while they are monitoring you, then follow you until they get in the right position to rob you. If the ATM is damaged do not attempt to insert your card.

“These criminals smear glue on the ATM so that the money gets stuck. You might think that there is no money in the ATM and they will come after you have left and remove it,” says Nqunqeka.

Police say cellphone robberies are becoming a big concern and people are urged to be more vigilant when walking on the street, especially on Main, Station, Broad, Ottery, Lower Church, York, Langley, Tenby and Ebor roads as they are robbery hotspots.

“We also advise those with walking or running routines to be more vigilant and to refrain from wearing headphones as they are easily targeted by these criminals,” says Nqunqeka.

Car theft and theft out of cars are also headaches for police.

“Motorists are advised to activate their alarm systems regularly. Remove all the valuables from the seats of the cars when parking. Residents must park their cars in well-lit areas,” she says.

Wynberg police will be holding roadblocks on a weekly basis and increase their regular patrols and visible policing during this season.

“The prevention of crime is a partnership between the police and the broader community of Wynberg, therefore the police appreciate your support and urge you to keep up the good work,” says Nqunqeka.

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