Cops call for awareness

2016-06-21 06:00

Police in Rondebosch are calling on residents to become more aware of safety issues in the area.

Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Barbara Breedt is warning residents to be aware of street robberies taking place in and around the UCT area over the past two weeks.

“We want to warn people to be on the lookout for a white old-style VW Citi Golf, a white VW Polo and a white Quantum taxi responsible for street robberies in the area,” she says.

“Their modus operandi is that the vehicle will pull up next to the victim and ask for direction. The passenger will get out and rob the person and jump back into the vehicle and drive off. If approached by an unknown vehicle asking for directions please walk in the opposite direction in which the vehicle is moving.”

Breedt also adds police are serious about combating crime and maintaining safety. “We have also been conducting some operations in the area from Saturday 9 June up to Friday 17 June. The aim of the operations was to combat burglaries, street robberies and vehicle related crimes which are if major concern to us.

“During these operations we concentrated on tracing of wanted suspects, vehicle and foot patrols, stop and searches at vehicle check points as well as distribution of awareness pamphlets about safety in problem areas.”

During the operations, 17 arrests were made that included four for drunken driving, three for possession of drugs, two for possession of stolen property, possession of a dangerous weapon, damage to property, reckless and negligent driving and shoplifting.

There was also 27 fines issued for traffic violations in the area.

Police also arrested a suspect after he allegedly tried to steal a laptop from a residence in Grosvenor Road, on Thursday 16 June.

ADT Security’s monitoring centre received a call for assistance from one of its clients at around 16:21, informing them that someone had just broken into her home. “We dispatched two of our patrol vehicles to the property,”says ADT Security’s District Manager (Cape Town South) Jade Hanning. “She provided a description of the suspect to the armed response officer.”

While searching the area, the officers noticed a person matching the description provided and he was apprehended.

V Report suspicious activities to is 082 378 9264 or 082 378 9289.

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