House burglaries are on the rise

2015-08-11 06:00

House burglaries are on the rise in Pinelands and the police are calling on residents to be more vigilant and not to give any opportunity for a passerby to see what’s happening in their houses.

The police say they have received many reports of break-ins in the area and they are working tirelessly to make sure that the burglars are arrested.

Most break-ins have been reported to be happening between 10:00 and 15:00 when most residents are at work. A few break-ins have happened while the home owners were at home, leading to violent confrontations with burglars.

In a recent incident, a 22-year-old man was left fighting for his life after he was hit in the face with a hammer by someone who wanted to rob the house. After he was hit the robber stole his cellphone and laptop before he fled.

The robbery, which happened not far from the Methodist church, took place in broad daylight on Saturday last week. It left residents questioning their safety and the level of crime in the area.

Colonel Helena Mouton, Pinelands police station spokesperson says: “The man is still in hospital. No one has been arrested yet and a case of house robbery is still being investigated.”

The police say they are working around the clock and following up on all possible leads.

“We have increased manpower and we have more patrols in the times we have noticed burglaries are happening a lot. We are not leaving anything to chance as we are on the lookout all the time to make sure that the people who are breaking into the houses in the area are arrested,” Mouton says.

She adds that residents must not leave an opportunity for break-ins to happen.

“Many times when people are at home they leave the door wide open or the burglar door unlocked when they are outside where they can’t see what’s happening to the other door. Gates and doors must be locked no matter what time it is. Leaving everything wide open gives a passerby a chance to see what’s happening in the house and they will be able to come in and steal. Don’t give these people an opportunity to steal from you,” says Mouton.

Residents are also urged not to confront the thieves if they find them in the house.

“Should you come home and see that there is something out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to call the police. When you see that the window you left closed is now open or something has moved and it’s worrying, call the police and we will go into the house with you,” says Mouton

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