House breakings down, car theft up

2016-11-17 06:02

CRIME in Uvongo has stablised “to some extent” the area’s community policing forum reported last week.

“Crime in our area seems to have stabilised to some extent. The number of housebreaking incidents for September is below the average for the past couple of months, which is a good sign,” said chairperson Ernest Booysen.

He commended SAPS, Wolf Security, Maser Security, Block Watch members and residents who have been reporting suspicious activities through the WhatsApp groups.

“We are into the busy time of the year and we need to be twice as active and vigilant as before.”

What is a concern to the forum is that immediately after night-time block watch patrols are completed, house break-ins occur, usually during the early morning hours.

“The suspicion is that the culprits are living among us. We therefore urge residents to please be on the lookout and report properties that might be used by the criminal elements as hideouts,” he said.

Booyens added that difficulties in catching housebreakers after the incident have been experienced even though, in many cases, block-watch members had been on the scene within minutes.

“It has now become necessary to concentrate on detecting the intruder before he has actually broken in … one way is to use a normal motion detection security light, which is connected to some form of alarm or siren. This is cheap and easy to install and can cover all sides of the house.”

Another challenge the forum faces is the rise in motor vehicle theft in October.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in theft of motor vehicles all over the South Coast. It appears that a gang from outside our area has moved in and is operating mainly, but not exclusively, at night time between 3am and 6am.”

Booysen urged residents to keep their vehicles locked and to keep their keys in a safe place at night.

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