Protect your property

2016-08-02 06:00
Grassy Park station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk says businesses who hand out money to destitute people every Friday is causing a major concern in the area as it invites other people into the area as well.

Grassy Park station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk says businesses who hand out money to destitute people every Friday is causing a major concern in the area as it invites other people into the area as well.

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Property-related crimes in sector two of the Grassy Park policing precinct is still a major concern.

Grassy Park police station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk says the crimes take place during the early morning hours.

“Property crimes, including theft of and out of motor vehicles as well as house burglaries, take place at about 03:00 and especially on weekends. However, this does not rule out the fact that these criminal acts are done on a daily basis and at all hours of the day,” he says.

Van Wyk urges residents of the area to stash away their valuables. “When parking your car make sure all your valuables are put out of sight. The only thing that is between a criminal and your goods that are in plain sight is a car window,” he says.

He also urged residents to park scooters safely in a garage. “These criminals come with bakkies and when they see the scooters they just load it onto the bakkie and they are gone. You need to make it difficult for the criminal to access your items,” he says.

Van Wyk also urged residents to become involved with their business communities in the Grassy Park CBD area. “Every Friday we have businesses that hands out something to the destitute. They get something to eat and of monetary value. This kind of acts is now luring other people form outside our community to their doorsteps and poses all sorts of problems. We need to tackle this because it is becoming a growing problem,” he says.

CPF chairperson Fuad Titus said the structure has grown since it was elected during 2014. “We have been working well with the police and built good relationships between the police and community over the past few years. There is sense of trust there and we do not want this to change,” he says.

Titus also saluted neighbourhood watches for their acts of bravery.

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