TRENANCE Park residents are appealing to the local authorities and the police to increase patrols in the area after more than eight homes were broken into over the past few weeks. This emerged at a community meeting held in Trenance Park on Sunday, April 15. One of the residents who was at the meeting, Hasan Bux said that most serious crime incidents occur in Marula Circle. Bux said in a statement sent to the Weekly, that the suspects hide in dense bushes and wait to attack the victims. “Law enforcement and private security companies have responded to hijacking, armed robbery with assault, house break-ins and theft from owners’ properties to gain access,” Bux said.Bux said a 75-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times by her domestic worker, working with her boyfriend. Bux said: “The house was then ransacked and various household items were stolen. The suspects are still at large. On April 11, a family of four was robbed at gunpoint by three armed suspects.”It’s alleged that one of the suspects was dressed in police uniform. “Approximately 10 homes in Marula Circle that borders the dense bush have experienced similar incidents. The suspects are cutting the barbed wire fence and metal fencing and breaking security locks to gain entry into homes. It seems a very well-organised syndicate is working through these areas. We seek the intervention of the deputy mayor Fawzia Peer to assist us in the fight against crime,” said Bux. The community have now issued a rallying cry to work together to eliminate these criminal activities and are serious about using all means and martial law.Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten advised victims to come forward and report cases to the SAPS.“Our members attended the meeting on Sunday. As SAPS Verulam we are doing our best to ensure that residents are safe all the time. We have increased patrols and implemented stop and searches in the area,” Kisten said.When asked if the police have had any successes in the past few weeks in Trenance Park, Kisten said there were a few incidents that were reported but no arrests have been made.“We have no record of 10 homes that were broken into, however, we want to advise residents to report such incidents to the police,” said Kisten.