Robbers eye churches

2018-10-30 06:00

Mitchell’s Plain police have issued a warning following a recent break-in at a Tafelsig church.

Police received a complaint from the church pastor on Monday 22 October at 13:35.

The pastor was at the church in Mont Blanc Street when three unknown men allegedly entered the church.

According to the pastor, one of the suspects pointed a firearm at him and forced him into the back office. The thieves then made off with two laptops, three cellphones, cash and car keys.

The suspects fled in a silver Toyota Avanza of which only the first three numbers on the licence plate were recorded. No shots were fired and no-one was injured.

Police are investigating a case of robbery.

Mitchell’s Plain police are now urging residents, pastors and business owners to be vigilant and take note of the following tips:

. Keep the amount of cash on hand to a minimum­

. Vary the times of banking

. Install access control where possible

. Install a panic alarm where possible

. Be alert during opening and closing times

. Work in pairs where possible

. Keep a visible list of all emergency numbers­

. Have emergency numbers on quick dial

For persons entering the premises:

. Insist on verification of people who claim to work for companies

. Ensure the proper identification of staff, including temporary staff

. Keep the keys to the premises in a safe place.

After a robbery has been committed:

. Call the police immediately

. Don’t touch, remove or disturb any item on the sceneV Anyone with information about the church robbery is asked to call the investigating officer, Detective Constable CJ Klink, on 021 370 1782.

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