Fake workers rob house in Hayfields

2013-01-28 00:00

DON’T trust anyone who comes to your gate claiming to need access to your home, without verifying who they are.

This warning comes after a domestic worker in Hayfields was held up and the house burgled by men posing as electricity meter readers.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said the domestic worker at a Dennis Road home answered the gate intercom on Wednesday to find a man claiming he was from the local electricity department needing to read the meter.

As she walked outside to open the gate for him, a man grabbed her by her neck and forced her back into the house. He took a knife from the kitchen table and threatened to stab her if she made a noise.

She heard a car come in through the gate and five men entered the house.

“They forced her into the toilet, told her to keep quiet and closed the door. A short while later she heard the vehicle leaving the premises and discovered that the house had been ransacked,” said Jeevan.

Goods to the value of R145 000 were stolen, including two DVD players, two laptops, two Samsung flat-screen TVs, jewellery and cosmetics.

“Members of the public, especially domestic workers, should be on the alert for this type of modus operandi being used by criminals,” she said.

Jeevan urged people to ask for identification from anyone seeking to enter a home. That identification should be authenticated with the company concerned.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the city’s meter readers have name tags bearing the municipal logo. — Witness Reporter.

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