Police take steps after robberies in city suburbs

2016-06-14 10:55
The police investigate a robbery on a farm in Bishopstowe after four men, one armed with a gun, entered the house and stole R14 500.

The police investigate a robbery on a farm in Bishopstowe after four men, one armed with a gun, entered the house and stole R14 500. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Police have upped their game in the city’s northern suburbs after noting a spike in house burglaries and robberies in the past three weeks.

Residents have also been warned to be extra vigilant and take further precautions as the crime spree continues.

According to a police source, residents in Northdale, Raisethorpe and surrounding suburbs especially have fallen prey to “dangerous, opportunistic and highly professional” robbers who have been targeting the area since the middle of May.

The source said police are responding to several cases per day, but many cases are still going unreported.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the uMgungundlovu North police cluster had noted the crime spike and management had increased patrols and launched more crime prevention operations to tackle the scourge.

Ebrahim asked residents to report all incidents of crime to the police, and to open cases immediately, whether their property was insured or not.

“Residents should ensure that all serial numbers of goods in their homes are recorded and should be extra vigilant and report unknown persons and unfamiliar vehicles in their areas,” she said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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