My street is rife with crime

2017-06-06 06:00

I refer to a letter in People’s Post of 30 May (“Note to a small-time loser”) in which the correspondent wrote about house numbers stolen from house walls.

The street I live in is rife with crime. I have been living at this address for longer than 40 years and have been a victim of numerous thefts, house robberies and theft from the walls of my house. Recently the so-called crowbar gang broke down my front gate and front door and stole a valuable piece of electronic equipment.

The most galling recent theft was of the house numbers off the front wall of my house. I made these two numbers 42 years ago with my own hands and some sorry loser of a common thief climbed over my front gate and prised them off the wall of my house.

Over the years these thieves have stolen all the brass off my front gate, broken a wooden gate behind my front fence, stolen the aluminium “Beware of the dog” sign and stolen all three wiper blades from my car on three occasions which cost me R1200 each time.

I also know of good friends who lived nearby in this street who were literally stolen from so many times that they had to sell and go and live elsewhere.

I have lots more to write about rampant crime in this street over many years.

Only this morning, I had to call my armed response and Claremont police when a neatly dressed individual would not leave my front gate. He later prevented me from reversing my car out of my garage. Each time when my armed response or Claremont police respond, it is too late to find or apprehend these individuals.

After this morning’s incident, I called Claremont police and spoke to a very senior officer whom I will not name. I called him to get a case number from the crowbar robbery at my house in February. I gave him the name of the investigating officer (as always, you never hear from them again) and I also discussed with him the crime situation in this street. Needless to say, I have not heard anything at all (as always) from the detective sergeant or his predecessors who were investigating officers of incidents at my house.

I informed him that I have armed response and flood lamps all around my house and that I also destroyed 90% of my shrubs and trees recently to eliminate hiding places for criminals. I also have alarmed razor wire over outside walls and burglar bars at all windows.

The officer informed me that these measures are not nearly enough. “Get cameras,” he replied.

He also alluded to the misapprehension that “people living in my street can easily afford cameras and servers”.

What next? What else must I do to continue living here in safety and peace? How much more money must I spend to ensure my security?

A resident Kenilworth

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