Community takes a stand against theft of water meters

2019-08-07 06:02
Water blasts out of a pipe after a water metre was stolen.PHOTO: supplied

Water blasts out of a pipe after a water metre was stolen.PHOTO: supplied

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AFTER noticing a drastic spike in the number of reports of water metre thefts, Lincoln Meade Sector One and Neighbourhood Watch have taken a proactive stance in their area, even handing over two suspects to the police, that they claim has resulted in a substantial decrease in the theft of water metres since.

Sector One chairperson Malcolm Moodley said that between July 21 and July 31 they noticed that a number of Lincoln Meade residents had reported theft of water metres.

“It has been estimated that over 30 water metres have been reported stolen in the course of the above mentioned week with Scottsville and the surrounding suburb residents also complaining about thefts, which lead us to conclude that over 40 water metres were stolen in the course of a week,” said Moodley.

Moodley said that Sector One, along with the Neighbourhood Watch, then mobilised and began patrolling their streets to build up information on the crimes and create a suspect profile, which ultimately lead them to apprehending two men.

“Since we have taken a proactive stance we have noticed a substantial decrease in water metre thefts in our area,” said Moodley.

Moodley thanked everyone for their efforts in ensuring the safety of all residents in the area.

Police confirmed that two suspects were brought in for questioning but said that they had to let them go due to a lack of evidence.

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