Elderly home owner injured during robbery in Wynberg

2016-10-04 06:00

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The number of home robberies in the Tenant Road area have increased of late.

In a recent incident an elderly resident was badly injured.

It is alleged that a group of robbers rang the doorbell of a house in Tenant Road on Tuesday afternoon last week under the pretence of asking for directions. When the 90-year-old home owner opened the door, the suspects forced their way into the house.

“In the process of ransacking the house, the suspects severely injured the home owner before fleeing with a large number of household items,” says ADT’s regional community development manager, Martin ten Brink.

The victim was admitted to hospital with broken ribs, as well as cuts and bruises. He was later discharged and is now recovering at home. Ten Brink says the home owner’s wife was very traumatised.

“Residents must never allow anyone onto their property if they don’t have a valid and previously arranged reason to be there. Alarm systems must be tested at least once a month to make sure they are working properly. We suggest that the systems also be armed and all gates and safety doors locked, even when residents are at home. If you are in any doubt, refuse people entry or use your alarm system’s panic button.”

Wynberg police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Nqunqeka confirms the robbery in Tenant Street.

“There were two house robberies for the past two weeks. Police are investigating. No arrests have been made so far. We urge residents to be more vigilant to these unexpected bell ringers, especially when they are not expecting anyone.”

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