Fight crime together

2017-07-05 06:00
Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo of Loop Street Police Station warns people to be careful.PHOTO: file

Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo of Loop Street Police Station warns people to be careful.PHOTO: file

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PIETERMARITZBURG residents are robbed, hijacked and their homes broken into every day.

Maritzburg Fever spoke to various police stations to find out which crimes are more common, in which areas and what can be done to assist the SAPS in their duty.

In the CBD, robbery is the main problem as it is reported at the Loop Street Police Station daily.

Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo at the police station said many robbery and break-ins in the CBD are reported.

“Robbery is reported every day. People need to be careful and must avoid walking and talking on their cellphone. They must also avoid talking to strangers who pretend to know them because that is when they are robbed.”

She said business burglaries were on the rise so they established a special team to deal with this and since then the rate has gone down.

While robbery seems to be the problem in the CBD, house break-ins is the problem in the northern areas.

According to Mountain Rise SAPS spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim, the rate of house break-ins is increasing in the northern areas and said certain items are especially targeted.

“Items that are being targeted are laptops, television sets and jewellery. The community is once again advised to record serial numbers of all household items and electronic equipment. A special request is made to the community to photograph their jewellery.

“This will assist the police tremendously when tracing the stolen property as well as identifying it when recovered. Please assist the police in our fight against crime.”

Business owners are also urged to beef up security at their premises.

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