Uvongo fights crime

2015-06-18 06:01
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HOUSEBREAKING incidents for May has decreased by 30% in the Uvongo area.

This is according to Ernest Booysen, chairman of the Uvongo Crime and Safety Forum.

“Members of our Block Watch group have been very active during the past few weeks. The decline can be attributed to their efforts and regular patrols.”

Not only were a number of loiterers arrested and taken in for fingerprints, a number of sure housebreaks had been prevented said Booysen.

“I would like to convey the appreciation­ of our residents to the members of our Block Watch team,” he said.

Still a concern for the forum is the number of holidaymakers who have been victims of crime due to their “relaxed attitude”.

“The estate agencies in our area have been asked to distribute the forum flyers to all holidaymakers, yet not much notice was taken of the safety tips given,” he said.

‘Holidaymakers are apparently still sleeping with open windows and sliding doors on upper floors of holiday flats.

“These open windows are seen as an invitation by thieves to bring their own ladders - or use that of the complex - and rob people while sleeping,” said Booysen.

He said the advice to lock away small items of value such as handbags, phones, Tablets and laptops had also not been taken seriously which resulted in considerable losses to visitors.

Criminals are usually active from 2am to 6am and from 11am to 1pm.

“We appeal to residents to make themselves available for visible patrols so that the load can be shared and the current members can have a few nights off,” said Booysen.

A bush clearing operation, with SAPS and the Hibiscus Coast Protection Services is scheduled for Friday, 12 June.

The meeting place is the parking area­ at St Michaels Beach at 2.30pm. The operation will start at 3pm.

“This is not a cleaning operation, but an effort to clear the admiralty reserve and other bushy areas of illegal vagrants,” said Booysen

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