Beware of bogus electricians

2018-11-08 06:00

THE public is warned to be vigilant about bogus municipal employees robbing unsuspecting residents in Verulam. According to the Verulam SAPS, suspects posing as electricians from eThekwini Municipality Electricity Department intruded into a home in Verulam and accosted a family.

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten said: “It is alleged that three men wearing red overalls approached the victim at her home. They identified themselves as electricity officials that had come to check the electricity metre.

“The victim led the men inside the premises into the kitchen where the metre was. One of the suspects pointed a firearm at her and locked her in the bedroom and proceeded to steal electronic equipment from the premises.”

A case of house robbery was opened for investigation.

“We urge communities to take the precautionary measures and not to open their gates or premises to any persons, especially to those persons saying that they are employees from eThekwini Electricity Department or from Telkom.

“The festive season is fast approaching and criminals are going to use different modus operandi to rob victims,” Kisten said.

Ward councillor Geoff Pullan said the municipality has rolled out an electrical programme in Waterloo, called sweep, aimed at checking on illegal connections in the area.

“Communities know that these electrical sweeps will be happening over the next few weeks. While this project goes on, there are crooks taking chances and posing as municipal employees.

“Residents should first ask the employee for an identity document and proof that they are working for the municipality. Vehicles of eThekwini Municipality all have eThekwini stickers,” Pullan said.

Residents are urged to report suspicious activities at 031 311 5525.

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