Mountain Risers must be vigilant

2012-11-26 00:00

DON’T keep R1 million in cash in your house.

This was the view of station commander for Mountain Rise, Brigadier Francis Bantham speaking at a Business against Crime meeting held at Truro Hall in Northdale on Thursday evening.

Keeping R1 million cash in your home was like signing over your family’s death certificate, she said.

“Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home. Keeping R1 million is the same as going to Home Affairs and signing your family’s death certificate,” said Bantham.

The meeting was held between the Mountain Rise police, the community policing forum (CPF) and business owners ahead of the festive season period.

Bantham urged the business owners to make sure that they hired people who had the correct documentation to work in the country. She also highlighted an incident where two firearms recovered from robbery accused may be linked to a spate of robberies in Mountain Rise.

Bantham said that during the robberies that have taken place in the area, the perpetrators knew where valuables were being kept as homes were not ransacked, suggesting they had inside information.

Pete Jugmohan, the Mountain Rise CPF chairperson said it was important for people to get to know their business neighbours and exchange contact details.

“Call the police if you notice strange people around, and keep in touch with your business owners,” said Jugmohan.

He also urged people to stop buying from pawn shops as they were sometimes the receivers of stolen goods.

“Second hand dealers and chop shops are also some of the things we need to address,” Jugmohan said.

“People know it’s stolen stuff, but they still buy it.”

Bantham ended by highlighting some of the positives in her policing area.

“All in all, crime has dropped. Robberies and the theft of cars are still a problem.

“Access to police is very good, and there is visibility of the members. There is a turnaround at Mountain Rise,” she added.

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