Contact crimes up

2016-10-11 06:00

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Rondebosch police are calling for more safety awareness after a year with its fair share of challenges.

Starting with the concerns created around the #Rhodesmustfall campaign earlier this year and the #Feesmustfall activities that threatened safety on the UCT campus, police station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Barbara Breedt is worried about the marked increase in contact crimes.

“Rondebosch has always been a property-related station,” she says.

“Joint operations with the security partners, such as the Rondebosch Community Improvement District, Groote Schuur Improvement District, campus protection, ADT and Princeton security, are in place to address the problematic areas. However, the community is cautioned to be vigilant when taking to the street.”

She adds that according to recently released statistics the increase in car theft can be attributed to big sporting events in New­lands.

“Most vehicles are parked on the verges of the Rondebosch area where they are stolen,” she says.

“Some of the vehicles that were targeted are small motorbikes and old model vehicles which are broken up for spare parts.

“Burglaries at apartments also increased, where in some incidents more than one unit was broken into in the same block. Body corporates are advised to do security checks and to ensure that all vulnerable areas are secured.”

She explains that policing common assault cases remains a challenge, because they happen behind closed doors, at home and in clubs and pubs mostly when patrons are drunk.

“Our overriding priority is to keep the Rondebosch community safe and we have been working well with all partners in crime prevention,” says Breedt.

“Policing operations and contingency planning remain under constant review until we stabilise the crime on the streets.

“We need your help to maintain the safety and security of the Rondebosch neighbourhood and continue to urge the community to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour by people or vehicles.”

Breedt thanks residents who took the time to complete the recent citizen-based monitoring survey.

“We will give feedback after all the challenges and shortcomings are identified. We will strive to improve the quality and pace of service delivery to our community.”

Recent crimes include a spate of three incidents in the space of 24 minutes on Tuesday.

There was an attempted housebreaking in Heseldon Road at 19:00, when a garden gate was derailed despite having anti-lift brackets installed.

The burglars attempted to gain entry through the front door but were unsuccessful. The residents are away on holiday but the neighbours noticed a suspicious white BMW and called the police.

At 19:13 there was a housebreaking and theft in Rover Road. Using a very similar modus operandi to the Heseldon Road incident, the front driveway gate was derailed and the wooden front door forced open.

A flat-screen TV and remote were stolen.

Another housebreaking and theft occurred at 19:25 in Keert de Koe Avenue. The lock on the front gate was removed and the wooden front door kicked down. The house was vacant, so nothing was taken.

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