Robbers on the prowl

2015-10-06 06:00

Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) urges child minders and domestic workers to walk in groups when they go to work.

This follows several reports of nannies and domestic workers being robbed on their way to work. It is alleged that two of the robberies were done by school children in uniforms.

There have been two reported incidents of nannies being mugged – one in Ronde­bosch and the other in Claremont.

Last week, another nanny reported she was certain that two uniformed boys (around 14 years old) were planning to confront her with scissors.

She acted responsibly and took detours and ran part of the way home in the hope of losing them. They followed her into Locarno Road, where she noticed some kind of glittering weapon from afar.

She decided to run back to Oakhurst Avenue where she was able to flag down a security vehicle.

The two school boys involved in the Claremont incident were later identified as belonging to a school in Claremont.

Robbed at gun pointIn the latest incident a domestic worker was robbed at gun point as she was going to work on Saturday 26 September at about 08:30.

It is alleged that as she walked from Ronde­bosch Station towards Portfield Road two men followed her.

One of them had a gun. They took everything she had and fled on foot.

Shirley Aldum, RCID manager, says three muggings are too many and child minders must be vigilant. In one of the incidents a nanny was walking with a three-year-old child.

She urges workers not to carry many parcels or have cellphones in their hands while walking as this makes them easy targets.

She says if a nanny notices she is being followed she must keep crossing the street over and over.

“If you walk to the other side of the street and they follow you again, seek help urgently: Go to the nearest garage, open shop or ring a bell at the nearest home. When walking children to the park or going to the shop walk with someone.”

“Keep to the main road and don’t go deep into quiet streets as there they can become easy targets of crime,” she concludes.

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