Worrying crime trends on the increase

2017-08-15 06:03
Kloof Community Police forum chairperson Corné Broodryk.

Kloof Community Police forum chairperson Corné Broodryk.

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STORE owners in the Upper Highway area need to be extra cautious following the increase of business burglaries there.

Kloof Community Police forum chairperson Corné Broodryk said that there is a definite increase in these robberies and it seems as if criminals are targeting restaurants and stealing television sets.

“There have been approximately 27 business robberies and over 30 vehicles stolen from business premises in the area.”

He said that the robberies are more organised crime, and can be linked to gangs that are targeting the area from the outside.

“Although we have made some
good arrests these criminals are
out on bail and return to our neighbourhood.”

Broodryk said the community
needs to be extra vigilant and join neighbourhood watches and street
patrols to deter criminals from targeting the area.

“We see a marketed decrease in crime when communities stand together in partnerships with security companies and the various role-players. The role of these structures is to reduce the opportunity for crime to take place,” he added.

Steven King of SA Community Crime Watch also agreed, but cautioned that people need to also focus on what to do when the situation arises.

“He told the community to be vigilant, be prepared, and most of all, be pro-active.”

“Store owners and all employees need to ensure that if the store has alarms they must be in use.

“They also need to be vigilant and report loiters in their premises.

“When doing banking, the em-
ployee needs to be sure that they
are not being followed and it is
always advisable to have CCTV’s installed as it can help identify any perpetrators.”

King said that in some cases the criminals tend to pose as customers, so it is always important to be conscious all day and have panic buttons on hand in cases of emergency.

For more information on these crime trends or how to prevent them contact Broodryk on 083 659 4995 or King on 082 920 5799.

There have been approximately 27 business robberies and over 30 vehicles stolen from business premises in the area

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