House targeted by thugs

2019-05-14 06:00

Burglaries are one of the most common offences in the Eastridge and Portlands sectors, with residential properties being targeted the most.

Captain Ian Williams of Mitchell’s Plain police said the schools were one of the most vulnerable spots during holidays.

Cases of malicious damage to property reported across all the sectors are on the increase as of late.

“These tend to be domestic-related, in origin. The most common items damaged are doors and windows. The perpetrator is usually a family member,” Williams explained.

Another area of concern, he said, is theft out of a motor vehicle.

He warns the public to ensure that they park in a safe spot and avoid isolated fields and dark places at night. Thieves target batteries, wipers, sound systems and wheels including spare wheels.

He also made mention of dirt bins that are often stolen to transport stolen items and other illegal goods.

“Please only put your bin outside your property on refuse collection days.

Do not buy stolen property – it is a crime and often leads to more crime such as housebreaking and theft,” he warned.

He encouraged residents to report illegal shebeens as they do not comply with Liquor Act regulations and added that shebeens encourage alcohol abuse which can be a contributing factor in domestic violence, assaults and other behavioural offences including sexual assault.

He also reminded firearm owners to ensure that their firearms are kept locked in safes when they are not in their possession.

“Please report any loss immediately to police as it is a criminal offence if you neglect to report the crime,” he said.

He said that Mitchell’s Plain station commander Brigadier Cass Goolam congratulated the police for working around the clock to prevent and combat crimes that could occur.

He said building stronger relationships and partnering with the community in the Mitchell’s Plain cluster forms part of the police’s plan of partnership policing.V Anyone with information on a crime can send an SMS to 35395 or call 0860 10111. Reporters can choose to remain anonymous.

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