Police act on gang violence

2015-10-27 06:00

The number of attempted murder and robbery cases reported in Steenberg has increased.

This is according to police station commander Colonel Jan Alexander.

“The attempted murders are related to gang activity in the community and we are actively monitoring this crime and have increased patrols and the number of operations we hold,” he says.

Between Monday 12 and Sunday 18 October three cases of attempted murder were reported.

Alexander says they are also concerned about random shootings and cross-fire which put residents at risk of getting injured.

“We are concerned about the safety of the residents when there is sporadic shooting, which is often linked to gangs and their activities in the community,” he says.

During one of the attempted murder incidents a man was approached by an unknown man on Thursday 15 October at about 01:15. He was shot in the shoulder and buttocks.

“We do not know what the motive for the shooting was, but we are investigating the case. The victim was transported to hospital and survived the shooting. The suspect fled the scene, but was later arrested and charged with attempted murder,” Alexander says.

On the same day, at 00:20, a man was driving in his car when he stopped and was approached by another man who pulled out a firearm and shot at him.

“The victim survived the incident. We are investigating a case of attempted murder. No-one has been arrested in this case yet,” he says.

In yet another incident a man was on his way home in the early morning hours when he was approached by two unknown men who pulled out a firearm and shot him, before fleeing the scene.

“The victim survived the shooting and was found not to be linked to any gangs or gang activity. Police continue to investigate the case,” Alexander says.

Alexander further says that robberies under aggravated circumstances are also a concern as suspects are using imitation and real firearms to threaten victims and demand their belongings.

“We will increase our stop and searches and regularly urge residents to be more alert of their surroundings and where they are walking. They are also encouraged to report suspicious behaviour to the police so that we can follow up on information,” he says.

Police also battle to keep theft out of cars under control, as they say residents need to take more responsibility for their property by not leaving valuable items in their cars.

“Residents must ensure their cars are locked at all times, not leave items on display and try and avoid parking their cars out in the open, especially on the road,” Alexander says

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