Residents demand police presence

2019-04-24 06:01
photo: andile sitholeResidents gather outside the house where the three intruders were caught.

photo: andile sitholeResidents gather outside the house where the three intruders were caught.

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RESIDENTS of Erksten Street are calling for more police visibility in their area in Greytown after three men were caught in one of the houses on April 17.

The three men, aged between 20 and 35 years, entered the house through a window at the back and started ransacking the house.

Owner of the house Busisiwe Khumalo was attending a workshop at Tholinhlanhla Primary School when she received a call about the break-in at her home.

Khumalo said she received a call from her neighbour and security company alerting her to the incident. “One of my neighbours who witnessed the house robbery in progress phoned the police and two local security companies — Umzigi Security and Field Security.

“The men broke my window and removed the burglar guards.

“When I arrived at my house, the three men were inside my house. The officers at the scene arrested them,” Khumalo said.

Khumalo and other residents in Erksten Street are calling on the Greytown SAPS to deploy police vans to patrol the street during the day.

Another resident said homes in Erksten Street are becoming soft targets for criminals.

“Our street is quiet during the day, and I feel the criminals are taking advantage of that. “We need more police to patrol our street,” she said.

Operations manager ar Umzigi Security, Ganga Moodley, confirmed the incident.

“We received a call about three suspects breaking into a house. Upon arrival, we found the suspects inside the house. I instructed them to come out but they ran around the rooms.”

Moodley said they were then able to get the three intruders out of house, handcuffed them and handed them over to the police.

“There was nothing taken. At the time of the incident, the owner of the house was not at home,” Moodley said.

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