Property-related crimes ‘popular’

2016-03-15 06:00

“If you break into a home in sector two, then it will be worth it.”

These were the words of Colonel Shawn van Wyk, Grassy Park police station’s commander, at a police imbizo at Sid G Rule Primary School on Thursday evening.

Van Wyk was referring to the number of property-related crimes that happen in the Grassy Park and Zeekoevlei areas.

“There are not much contact-related crimes in this sector. However, property crimes are a huge concern,” Van Wyk said.

Van Wyk explained that house burglaries, car theft and theft out of cars were included in “property-related crime”.

He urged residents to stow away valuable items in their homes.

“Residents should especially be vigilant when their cars are parked outside their homes. If you have a garage, rather park your car inside and put all valuables out of sight. If these goods are on display in your car it almost serves as an invitation.”

Van Wyk added that flatscreen TVs were especially popular with burglars.

“These perpetrators are mostly drug addicts who are out to get their next fix. To prevent crimes from happening and escalating in this sector we are encouraging residents to become neighbourly and to look out for one another’s properties. I urge residents to take each others’ contact details,” he said.

Other crime issues in this area were wheelie bin theft and burglaries at schools, where criminals remove electronic equipment, copper pipes and taps.

Fuad Titus, chairperson of the community police forum, added that neighbourhood watches in the area were doing good jobs by being the eyes and ears of the police.

“Our police can’t be everywhere at once and this is where the neighbourhood watches come in and they really do help a lot when going out on joint operations with police. Two operations have been done in this area in the past few months and it has proven successful where people were found with drugs and sharp objects,” Titus said.

Constable Cader Farao, manager for sector two in Grassy Park, relayed good news during the meeting, which was received with much jubilation.

“We have arrested the guy known as Tossie. This criminal is known in the area especially, with house break-ins. He was arrested and is now in Pollsmoor,” Farao said.

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