Crowbar break-ins increase

2015-10-20 06:00

The Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) is urging residents to be vigilant and always set their alarms – even if they are going out for 10 minutes. Residents are also being asked to make sure that their garages are alarmed and linked to their home alarm.

This follows an increase in crowbar-related break-ins in areas like Rondebosch, Lynfrae and Rosebank last week.

Nearly two weeks of no incidents being reported in the RCID area were broken by an incident in Muir Road on Monday afternoon last week.

A resident arrived home to find her gate open. She called the RCID hub for an escort as she felt uneasy.

An ADT patrol officer accompanied her onto the premises and found that the front gate and door had been forced open. A laptop and two cameras were stolen. The alarm was not activated.

Two days later, two more houses were broken into on the same night.

In the first case ADT responded to an alarm in Saxon Road early on Wednesday night. No-one was on the premises at the time.

Upon arrival the private security officer found a front gate, safety gate and front door open. A flat-screen TV, laptop, camera and jewellery had been stolen.

Later the same night, ADT attended to an alarm at premises in Lothian Road. They found that access had been gained through a front gate. A front window had been removed with its frame. Two flat-screen TVs, three desktop computers and a laptop had been stolen.

Rondebosch police were in attendance at both scenes and the RCID will review camera footage for signs of any suspect cars.

Shirley Aldum, RCID manager, also requests residents with private cameras facing the road to check their footage of Wednesday last week between 17:30 and 20:30 for any signs of suspicious persons or cars.

Aldum says residents are encouraged to install garden beams as an early warning system and reminded to always set their alarms.

“We have had three incidents in the last week where beams have been triggered in the early evening. As the evenings get warmer and we leave doors open we need to be on the alert,” she says.

It only takes a few minutes for burglars to break in and be gone again, she says.

“Also ensure that your garage is alarmed and linked to your home alarm. Test your alarm to ensure that the security company receives your signal.”

Residents are urged to report any suspicious people or cars and not ignore it when someone rings your doorbell, because suspects may be checking to see if you are home.

If possible they should take photos, even with a cellphone, of anyone or anything suspicious and email it to or call the RCID hub on 086 000 7243 with the date, time and address.

In the event of an incident the RCID hub can monitor the movements of the car on the cameras

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