Young ‘burglars’ strike

2016-08-16 10:55

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A group of children in New Horizons are causing concern among residents as they allegedly perpetrate house burglaries.

However the police say they are not aware of a spike in house burglaries in the area.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says they only have one recorded incident of house burglary during last week.

“Grassy Park police can confirm, for the past two weeks, only one burglary was reported in the Pelican Park area. Police can’t confirm a trend and urge the community to report any crime to the police station,” she says.

However, a recent Facebook post alerts residents to the group of youths who “jump over walls and on roofs in daylight to steal”.

Comments to the shared crime post showed residents were aware of the group of children, aged between six and 13.

The post describes the children as from “New Horizon and going around (to) houses in Pelican Park to break (into) houses. In the past two weeks there have been four confirmed incidents where community members and chased them away. One member also took them home and told their parents. They said that the kids have been doing this since they moved into the area and they need to be punished as they do not want to stop stealing (sic)”.

A Pelican Park, resident who did not want to be named out of fear of reprisal, says an encounter with the group of children left a bitter taste in his mouth.

“One day I was driving along Strandfontein Road and saw these group of children jumping over the wall of an elderly resident’s home. I stopped and asked what they were doing as I know the couple who lives at the house,” he says.

The man says one of the boys – the youngest in the group and estimated at six years old – said they were being chased by a man with a knife.

“But I saw that the others who already jumped over the wall were already on the roof and were busy removing tiles from the roof and the youngest was attempting to open a window and

I didn’t know if anybody was at home at the time,” he recalls the incident of two weeks ago.

He says neighbours shouted for the children to get off the roof but this fell on deaf ears.

“The neighbours knew the children were up to mischief because they’re known in the area. The children then ran away shortly after but I was able to catch up with the one. However, when I wanted to reprimand him another neighbour stepped in saying I was interfering with children who weren’t mine. I just left it at that because then it looked like they were about to gang up on me,” he says.

The man also confirms the elderly couple who live at the home confirmed that goods have been stolen out of their yard for weeks.
“(The children) have been known to get into trouble in the area but residents do nothing because it’s children. But since crime in the New Horizons area has spilled over to Pelican Park I have bumped up security measures because one cannot be sure anymore. Normally these are grown-ups doing this sort of thing but now it’s even worse because it’s children,” he says.
Mitchells Plain cluster commander Major-General Abraham Goss previously told People’s Post that not reporting crimes in areas to the police is “dangerous”.
“Even if something serious did not happen, failure to report crimes affects our crime statistics. and does not allow us to effectively police,” Goss says.

If you have any crime information with regard to sector 3, contact sector manager Sergeant Alridge Isaacs on 082 522 2883.

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