Be more vigilant, say police

2016-06-14 06:00

Manenberg police have issued a warning to the community it serves to be wary when walking around in an effort to step up the fight against crime.

According to Captain Ian Bennett, spokesperson for Manenberg police, he urges residents to be more aware of their surroundings and be vigilant to potential crime and the would-be perpetrators.

“The perpetrators are often people that you know or have frequented that area. During our crime analysis it is found that robberies and theft have become a concern for Manenberg (police). The robberies happened during peak times and after hours when community members were a lot more vulnerable,” states Bennett.

Bennett says police have identified the following areas to focus their efforts: Klipfontein Road, Duinefontein Road close to the Nyanga junction, Jakes Gerwel Dive opposite the Vangate Mall area, Turfhall Road, the foot bridge on the N2 coming into Heideveld area, even at the N2 crossing at Jakes Gerwel Drive.

“These are also the main areas of access and on the transport route. Many people frequent these areas and have no other choice but to use this area. Manenberg police have deployed more members in these areas to increase visibility but this just displaces the perpetrators and they seem to move to other parts of the area. We would like the community to be more aware of their surroundings when using public transport and also when walking in public spaces,” adds Bennett.

He implores the public not display valuable items such as jewellery and urged those to refrain from using their cell phones if possible.

“These items should either be left at home or concealed so that perpetrators are not able to see it on the individual. Perpetrators look for these items and can strike at any time while the victim walks to take the public transport.”

He also advised learners on their way to school should be encouraged to walk in groups and exercise the same level of caution as if they were walking alone, with the same level of awareness of the surroundings they find themselves in until they reach an area where it is safe enough to use their cell phones.

Bennett confirms the theft of municipal refuse bins is becoming more frequent and they are being used as accessories to crimes being committed elsewhere.

“Residents should put out their bins before and bring it in immediately after the waste has been collected. If you are unable to take the wheelie bin back onto your property, ask the neighbour to push it into a safe area.

“Bins are being stolen and reported, it is never recovered and this has an impact on the escalation of crime.”

Bennett adds that the police would like to encourage the community to be more active in crime prevention and would like them to participate in crime prevention initiatives.

“If there are any crime prevention ideas or hot spots or concerns that the community members would like to share with Manenberg police they could email their ideas to”

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