Scruffy ‘detectives’ up to no good

2015-07-14 06:00
Steenberg police confirmed that two men who under false prentenses presented themselves as police ivestigating officers when visiting a resident at her home in Heathfield were not from the police station.

Steenberg police confirmed that two men who under false prentenses presented themselves as police ivestigating officers when visiting a resident at her home in Heathfield were not from the police station.

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A Heathfield resident suspects that two men who came to her house, presenting themselves as police investigators, did so under false pretences.

And she now wants to warn others from falling for their story.

The resident, who asked not to be identified, says a couple of weeks ago two men dressed in civilian clothing came to her doorstep and told her that they were police investigators from the local police station.

“They told me – with police docket in hand – that they were there to enquire about a car. However, I was taken aback by their appearance. The one had an afro and they were not dressed as I would believe a police investigator should be,” she says.

“They looked untidy,” she adds.

The men asked her if they were at the right address and said that this specific case about the car was passed onto them from the Claremont police station.

As the resident was speaking to the men, her son and husband came out to join the conversation. The men abruptly ended the conversation without explanation and left.

“I think they were using the police docket as an excuse in case their plan – whatever it may have been – would be interrupted. I believe my son and husband had put them off, which is why they left,” she says.

She further says that they did not provide any identification to prove that they were police investigators.

“As they drove off we could see that they were not driving in a police van or marked vehicle, which also made me suspicious of their behaviour and intentions,” she says.

She believes that the men were there to commit a crime, but were put off.

“I am glad that I followed my instincts and did not let them in. I can’t imagine what they would have done if I had,” she says.

Now she wants to warn other residents about her experience.

“I have become more vigilant. We need to have our guard up if we are to protect ourselves and our homes,” she says.

Constable Zodwa Kedama, spokesperson of the Steenberg police station, says that enquiries were made about this specific case and that the Steenberg police were not issued with a docket from Claremont and no police officers were sent to that address. “We do advise that residents be vigilant at all times and not open for strangers, especially if you did not call the police,” she says. Kedama suggests that if the police come to your house, take down their names, ask for their appointment certificates and take down the registration number of their car

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