Voortrekker High School pupil mugged

2014-08-27 00:00

A 15-YEAR-OLD Voortrekker High School pupil was mugged of his bicycle by three men while on his way home last week.

His father told The Witness that he is thankful to God his son was not hurt. “He was held up at knifepoint by a gang of three, who took his new cellphone, his watch and his bicycle.

“It is shocking that he was mugged during the day just after school. He was walking on Chapel Street between Pietermaritz and Church streets when he was attacked,” said the man, adding that the boy had picked up a puncture just outside his school and was pushing the bicycle home.

“He was traumatised. I can only shake my head in disbelief. Everyone must be vigilant,” said the man.

Safe City general manager Lucas Holtz­hausen found that the incident was not reported to police.

“We would like to encourage the public to report incidents where they become victims of crime. We use these statistics to plan our daily camera operations, as it is impossible to monitor 70 cameras simultaneously. The police also use these statistics to plan their daily crime prevention operations,” said Holtzhausen.

SAFE City general manager Lucas Holtzhausen said that when riding on public roads, cyclists should always be aware of what is going on around them.

“A cyclist becomes a target in mostly two ways: firstly an accident victim and secondly to get robbed of his/her bicycle or other valuables.

“In both instances it will be preferable to ride in a safe manner in groups of two or more. Thus one rider can always be covering his/her partner’s close proximity. Being aware of what is going on around you will enable the rider to take evasive action beforehand, like turning back or taking another route.

Remember: If it doesn’t look right then it is not right. Avoid isolated, poorly lit roads, lanes and vacant overgrown pieces of land where possible. “Rather take a detour to your destination than the short cut which can land you in distress.”

Holtzhausen said should the inevitable happen, it is best to hand over the bicycle and not resist.

“Live to fight another day. Should there be more than one culprit, try and focus on one to get a good description of his/her body features as well as a clothing description. Try and get help as soon as possible and provide police with as much detail as possible of your bicycle.

“A picture of the bicycle will greatly assist as it can easily be posted in the printed or electronic media as well as in the social media.”

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