The police in Botshabelo strongly warn the community about a spate of robberies committed by criminals operating around the Re a Hola shopping complex. Crimes include common robbery and robbery with weapons. Sgt Martin Xuma, Botshabelo spokesperson, has appealed to members of the public to be vigilant and report criminal activities. He said the police had been receiving reports of criminals targeting motorists, business owners and pedestrians alike, robbing them of money and cell phones.Xuma said these criminals targeted business owners and awaited pedestrians walking from work to home, as well as customers going home after shopping. “It is therefore imperative that motorists do not leave valuable items in cars where it can be easily seen,” said Xuma. “Motorists should also ensure that their cars are always locked, whether moving or stationary. “All windows should be rolled up to prevent criminals from grabbing valuable items.” Xuma has strongly advised customers to not walk around with their purses and cell phones visible, to avoid being targeted by criminals. He said the police would continue with their vehicle patrols and patrols on foot around the shopping complex to ensure that community members are safe and enjoy their shopping without any disturbance. “Community members are advised not to resist or fight off criminals, but rather report the matter to the police immediately. “Investigations are underway on the reported cases of robbery around the complex.” Xuma said investigation will also include the screening of former offenders and apprehended suspects to determine if they could be linked to current cases that have been reported. Anyone who have information about these robberies around the Re a Hola shopping complex is requested to contact the Botshabelo Police Station on 051-531-5801 or the Botshabelo Detective Unit on 082-466-8341 or 051 531 5804/06/08.