Home for elderly a target for criminals

2015-11-03 06:00

A supposed safe facility for seniors has been targeted by criminals in the past two months.

Home Morea in Sixth Avenue, Lotus River was broken into on four different occasions. Police have asked the community to remain vigilant and report crimes in the vicinity to ensure the safety of the senior residents and staff at the premises.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says the first reported incident occurred on Wednesday 30 September.

“A case of housebreaking and theft was opened after the door of the home was forced open and a 32-inch television and four speakers were stolen,” Kleinsmith says.

Three weeks after this incident a resident reported a case of malicious damage of property.

“The complainant said that he was lying in bed when he heard a noise. He then discovered his window was broken and he found a brick. The next day the same thing happened to another resident,” Kleinsmith adds.

However, the criminals were brazen and returned again on Monday 19 October.

“A case of attempted housebreaking was opened. The complainant alleged that she was in her room when she heard a noise by the door. She went to investigate and found a man whom she struggled with, but she managed to press her panic button and the suspect fled.”

The most recent incident occurred on Sunday 25 October when a car was broken into on the premises.

The criminals got away with a car battery, a spare wheel and number plates.

Kleinsmith says in all these case the suspects are unknown.

Police station commander Shawn van Wyk says they will continue to clamp down on crime and criminals.

“Police will maintain their zero tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime. Strengthening the partnership between the community and the police is high on the agenda as it is contributing to reduction in crime and the apprehension of perpetrators thereof,” Van Wyk says.

He appeals to the community to help police in finding and arresting the criminals who are committing this “hideous crime against our elderly generation who are fragile and need to be taken care of”.

Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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