Rise in break-ins at Uvongo

2011-01-12 00:00

FOLLOWING eight break-ins in the first days of this month in Uvongo, the South African Police Force (SAPF) are looking into the possibility that they are dealing with repeat offenders since over 800 prisoners were released on parole in the Port Shepstone and Scottburgh areas in December.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, communication officer for the SAPF in Port Shepstone, said the police now faced the huge task of locating the house-breakers again and re-arresting them.

“We are busy with an in-depth analysis of the cases and are working on possible linkages.”

Wiid added that the help of the public would be necessary in this process.

“Every pair of extra eyes and ears from the community is needed to report suspected people who are loitering around,” said Wiid.

“Margate police are making arrests on a daily basis and the suspects are checked by means of finger prints to try and establish whether they are wanted criminals and if they can be linked to any of the house-breakings.”

Wiid’s comments follow news that in the first nine days of January there have been eight houses robbed in Uvongo despite a heavy police presence and a strong community forum policing presence.

Uvongo Community Crime Forum chairperson, Ernest Booysen, acknowledged that the issue was of concern.

“We have had eight break-ins from January 1 to January 9,” he said.

“Five of the eight incidents occurred between 11 pm and 3.45 am; the other three incidents occurred between 9.30 am and 10 am.”

Booysen added that in most of the recent breaks-ins, access had been gained by forcing open sliding doors.

Collin Street has been labelled a “hot spot” area with three incidents taking place in this street.

Booysen advised home owners in Uvongo to be aware of the robberies and to exercise caution.

“I would urge people to get some extra locking devices onto their sliding doors if they do not have Trellidors; normally a simple steel pin will do the trick,” he said.

“If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please phone any of the numbers previously circulated.”

In emergencies residents can also phone the duty commander, Warrant Officer Mthembu at 083 960 9531.

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