Perpetrators pick on Pelican Park

2015-07-07 06:01
Residents in Pelican Park say their safety has become a concern after vandalism has increased since last year.

Residents in Pelican Park say their safety has become a concern after vandalism has increased since last year.

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Crime incidents in Pelican Park have been on the rise to the dismay of residents who fear for their safety.

According to one resident who did not want to be named out of fear of victimisation vandalism has increased over time.

“We noticed since November last year just after the new housing development was introduced that crime has been escalating. We don’t know what else to do anymore and we fear for our safety,” she says.

The resident recalls an incident two weeks ago when she was home alone.

“I heard a loud bang outside,” she says.

She thought it was her neighbour’s children getting up to “mischief”. She wanted to confront her neighbour the next morning. “As I came out I saw a large broken brick in my driveway where my car normally parks,” she says.

“I then went over to my neighbour to confront him, thinking that his grandchildren were playing. He then explained the whole story to me,” she continues.

Her neighbour says he spotted four men trying to vandalise a light pole in Loerie Road the previous night.

“My neighbour says he then chased these guys after calling his brother. They could not find the guys but it seems they returned in retaliation. They tried to gain access to the property and this is when they threw a brick into my yard,” she explains.

She says although the incident was reported to the Grassy Park police station the police have not yet responded to the call.

“We do not know what to do anymore because whether you speak to the police or raise issues with the mayor on her hotline, things just do not change,” she says.

The Grassy Park police did not comment at the time of going to print.

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