New ‘window gang’targeting homes

2016-06-14 06:00

Camps bay police have warned residents to be vigilant following a spike in house break-ins.

Officers have arrested one suspected member of the gang – dubbed the “window gang” – but say incidents continue to take place.

The gang uses a blowtorch to heat the aluminium around windows, explains Camps Bay police station commander Captain Delicia Isaacs.

This allows them to “very neatly” remove the window and gain access to the home, she says.

The burglars only steal TVs and small appliances.

There have been as many as two dozen incidents in the precinct over the last month, Isaaca says, compared only a handful last year.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen this type of modus operandi,” she says.

The station has deployed a team to work on the case 24/7 and they have already nabbed one suspect, from Joe Slovo, Isaacs says.

Residents are cautioned to ensure their home alarm systems are working properly, Isaacs says.

“They must activate their systems at all times and any alarm activations must be treated seriously. When the alarm company or armed response officer responds to an alarm activation, it is essential that they must carry out a full perimeter check with police officers,” she says.

Any alarm activations must be reported to the Camps Bay police control room at 086 10111, as this will enable the police to respond to the alarm call with the armed response company, she adds.

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