South Coasters live in fear of break-ins Residents live in fear

2016-11-24 06:01
PHOTO: candyce krishna Kobus Louw points out the vacant plot that needs clearing in Boundary Road, Sunwich Port.

PHOTO: candyce krishna Kobus Louw points out the vacant plot that needs clearing in Boundary Road, Sunwich Port.

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RESIDENTS in Oslo Beach have been living in fear for the past weeks due to an increase in house break-ins.

SAPS says they are aware of these incidents and have a strategy in place to curb the occurrences.

Houses on Rathbonville, Kent and Scorpen Road are targeted several times a week.

A resident, however, told Fever he feels the police are assisting minimally and that security companies have been of more help when it came to patrols and trying to make residents safe.

“ADT, Chubb Security and Lazer 911 have to be commended for their response and patrols,” said the resident.

The man, who lives in Kent Road, said he was attacked two weeks ago.

The perpetrator entered his home with a knife and attempted to stab him, but stabbed the duvet instead as the man tried to protect himself.

“He dropped the knife and ran with away with my wallet,” said the resident.

A few days later, his cellphone and cigarettes were stolen from his home.

A resident in Boundary Road in Sunwich Port said break-ins have risen drastically in the past six months.

“We’ve been living in the area for seven years with no incidents, but we have seen crime increase in the last six months,” said Elmare Louw.

Her home was hit four times in just over a month and she says it has come to a point where she and her family have to sleep with the lights on.

Louw feels that the overgrown plots on the street may be a contributing factor to the escalation in break-ins.

“It has left my daughter traumatised. She calls out for me whenever she hears a noise,” she said.

“There are many pensioners who live on this road and they can’t afford to pay a security company. I hope the owners clear these plots soon,” Louw added.

Police spokesperson said the sector commander for the area, as well as other police members from the K9 unit and the crime prevention unit, have been tasked by the Station Commander of Port Shepstone, Brigadier Sandra Nala, to implement certain strategies to arrest the perpetrators.

“We acknowledge the fact that overgrown and vacant premises contribute to crime as it is a hide-away for criminals. Also poorly lit areas and streets have the same effect,” she said.

Community members must report defective street lights and ensure they have secured their premises.

“Be aware of people who are scouting the area and inform police or your security company. When leaving your house, ask a neighbour to keep an eye [out],” said Wiid.

Poor response by police members should be reported to the station commander immediately so that it can be investigated and rectified. The emergency number is 10111 or 039 688 1286.

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