Tell police if anything stands out

2015-05-26 06:00
The Wynberg police urge residents to be vigilant when walking at the Wynberg interchange, as a number of robberies have reportedly occurred there.  

astrid Februarie

The Wynberg police urge residents to be vigilant when walking at the Wynberg interchange, as a number of robberies have reportedly occurred there. PHOTO: astrid Februarie

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The Wynberg police are concerned about the increase in robberies in the area and warn the public to be vigilant at all times.

Warrant officer Silvino Davids, spokesperson of the Wynberg police, says the robberies reported occurred on Lower Church Street, Morom Road and at the station.

“Most of the robberies occur at the interchange as people are walking toward the station or on their way to work,” he says.

Davids says there is no specific time when these robberies occur, so he advises the public to be alert at all times.

“Crime, and specifically robberies, occur any time of the day,” he says.

Many of the cases reported occurred when people were walking alone and were approached by the suspect and robbed of their belongings.

“The suspects usually go for cellphones and smaller electronic items such as iPads and iPods,” Davids says.

Davids says that they do however find that the victim usually can’t give a proper description of the suspect, which makes it difficult for the police to try and track the perpetrator.

“We ask that the victim try to give a description of the suspect – anything that stands out, which may include a limp or a scar or earrings or particular clothing,” he says.

Davids says every little detail helps the police in their investigation.

“Sometimes the suspects wear the same clothing or shoes every day and those small details, like the brand of shoes or style of pants, is vital to us in the investigation,” he adds.

Meanwhile, four house break-ins were reported in Kenilworth in the week up to Monday last week.

In the same time six thefts out of cars were reported. “Crime in this category decreased for that week, but we will continue to monitor the hotspots and ensure that we can deter criminals from coming into the community to commit this crime,” he says.

Davids says several drug arrests were also made, which could have had an impact on the theft out of cars incidents.

“Many of the suspects who break into cars are looking for a quick fix to buy drugs – they get caught and end up in jail and this is when we see a slight decrease in this category of crime,” he says

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