Street robberies increase

2019-07-30 06:00

Rondebosch police officers are warning the community of a sudden increase in street robberies in the area.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam says on Tuesday 22 July at 18:20 a 34-year-old man was walking in Rouwkoop Road when a suspect approached him, pulled out a knife and demanded his backpack. The complainant fearing for his life handed it to the suspect who fled with his backpack containing his cellphone, laptop, wallet and earphones.

. On Sunday 21 July at 14:30 a 29-year-old woman was running alongside the Common in Milner Road when a black Opel Corsa vehicle stopped next to her and the passenger got out and held her at gunpoint. The suspect then grabbed her cellphone and drove off.

The complainant informed the police that the driver was a woman.

. On the same day at 15:05 a young man was walking under the Burg Road Subway in Rondebosch when he was accosted by two suspects. The suspect threatened him with a knife and robbed him of his shoes, Samsung Galaxy cellphone and his house keys and ran away. Safety tips when walking on the streets

. Do not display valuables such as laptops, cellphones and jewellery;

. Do not to talk on your cellphone while walking;

. Do not resist, throw your cellphone or handbag away and run in the opposite direction;

. If you know or suspect that a pedestrian is following you, go to the nearest well-lit or busy area (petrol station forecourt, café, supermarket) and call the police;

. If you are followed by a vehicle, turn and walk in the opposite direction. React by yelling or shouting if possible.

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