Northern areas in crime spike

2016-06-22 06:00

A SPIKE in crime in the northern areas has resulted in a call for extra vigilance by residents and an increased presence from the Mountain Rise SAPS.

According to the Mountain Rise police, May and June has seen an increase in crime compared to the same period last year, with house- breaking and theft showing a slight increase, which has been attributed to the seasonal change.

“Further intelligence gathered at our station reveals that especially during winter, criminals are capitalising on opportunities to commit more crimes because the cold weather means people go to bed earlier than normal.

“It has been noted that criminals keep watch for police patrols and security company vehicles before committing crimes in the community.

“Regular police patrols are being conducted, however, as soon as the police vehicle drives off to patrol another section, criminals know this and engage in criminal offences,” said Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry from the Mountain Rise SAPS corporate communications office.

Police therefore appeal to the community to work with them to address crimes in their area by reporting any and all suspicious incidents.

“Community policing partnerships must be created within all sectors of the community. The police depend on the community to be their eyes and ears on the ground by being fully alert and aware of suspicious persons or vehicles. There are various ways to deter crime from happening,” said Maistry.

He added that watch dogs and alarm systems are being used as deterrents.

“These initiatives are of paramount importance in order to deter or minimise crime. By engaging in the crime-preventative initiatives, you as the community, have created a positive partnership in the united fight against crime.”

Maistry said that often stolen items are sold at second-hand stores by the perpetrators, who falsely identify themselves as the owner.

The community is therefore encouraged to visit local second-hand store dealers as soon as property is stolen in the hope that it can be identified­.

“If any property is identified at the second- hand dealers, notify the owner of the business then report this to the investigating officer immediately.

“This is called community policing partnership, when the community works hand in hand with the police in order to fight crime,” he said.

The police urged the public to keep all items of value, such as jewellery and cash, in a place where it can be locked at all times and keep a comprehensive description of all household items such as electronic­ appliances, electrical appliances, computers and cellphones.

This is to ensure that in the event of a burglary­, the owner will be able to give precise descriptions.

Checking for stolen cellphones can also be done at second-hand good dealers.

To check the unique IMEI number of cellphones, dial *#06#.

The IMEI number for the phone will immediately appear.

Anyone with information for the police can contact station community service centre commander at 033 387 9600 or the station commander,
Brigadier Boxer Pillay, at
082 418 2018.

‘Community policing partnerships must be created within all sectors of the community. The police depend on the community to be their eyes and ears on the ground by being fully alert and aware of suspicious persons or vehicles’

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