Cellphone robberies on the increase

2019-10-29 06:00

Cellphone robberies are on the increase in the Peninsula and commuters travelling to and from train stations are the most common targets.

People become easy targets when they walk in the streets with earphones or make phone calls while walking.

“We’ve noticed an increase in cellphone robberies at Bellville train station and appeal to the community and commuters to be vigilant and help prevent being victims of cellphone robberies,” says Capt Jonathan Blanckenberg, spokesperson of the Bellville police.

According to him, these robberies could have been prevented if victims were cautious when using their cellphones in public spaces. “These robberies are not only rife in Bellville but all over the city. If you need to make a call, rather go to a safe place. The trend nowadays with youngsters is to listen to music on their phones while walking in the streets. This is an open invitation for criminals as the youngsters are so into their music, that they are oblivious of what is going on around them. The criminals see this as an opportunity to rob them,” Blanckenberg says.

He also said that with the festive season approaching, criminals are out to make a quick buck.

“People are also easy targets when leaving pubs in their areas. I can only speak for the Bellville area; and patrons frequenting pubs in South Street are easily robbed. Walk in groups, don’t carry other valuables with you and be careful when you approach parking areas as criminals can hide behind trees and cars. Get hold of safety pamphlets that are available at police stations and assist the police in preventing these robberies,” Blanckenberg says.

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