Working together against crime

2016-02-10 06:00

CONGRATULATIONS to the hardworking Combined Action Team (CAT) for bringing down the “Marble Eye” gang that terrorised the northern areas.

Among the theft were motor and heavy-duty vehicle batteries. These items are in demand for their lead by scrap-metal dealers.

Part of my community responsibility requires me to regularly visit scrapyards. At one scrapyard I noticed every conceivable number on batteries deliberately erased. The contents of the batteries were all emptied out and the batteries packed for the bigger overseas merchants.

At another dealer excellent driveway gates and aluminium window frames were on the scrap heap - your conclusion is as good as mine.

The police could not assist with the batteries, but in an isolated case the owner of stolen gates was traced via police reports.

A huge ethical responsibility rests with scrap-metal dealers. It is not difficult to recognise that sealed batteries, new window frames and gates are not scrap - dealers have every right to summon the police, but they prefer not to.

The broad community is encouraged to make secret identity marks on precious metal property and also photograph the items with the identity marks.

Scrap dealers in the Mountain Rise SAPS jurisdiction are regularly visited by personnel from the station and the CPF.

Victims of stolen property are urged to do the same. We have to strive together to stop criminal activity and our hard-earned property shipped to our friends in Brics.

Jay Jugwanth Mountain Rise CPF - chairperson

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