Teens ‘terrorise’ suburb

2017-04-25 06:01

Kensington police have revealed that youngsters in the community are drowning in a pool of criminal activities.

A police report states those most likely to be involved in local crime are youths under the age of 30 from Kensington and surrounding areas. Police spokesperson Sergeant David Stemmet says this is due to the high rate of substance abuse and unemployment.

According to the report, these young men and women have mostly been involved in crimes like domestic violence, robberies, including personal, house and car robberies, and theft.

Stemmet explains the criminals take advantage of each opportunity they get in an effort to feed their drug habit. He warns residents to be vigilant at all times and to report suspicious-looking characters.

“Members of the public must be vigilant when walking to and from work and must always try to walk in pairs. Also, never walk with earphones in your ears,” says Stemmet.

He says the Kensington police have built a good relationship with different stakeholders, including schools and community leaders, in an attempt to create awareness and improve their accessibility to community members. He advises residents to use these platforms to raise awareness and report criminal activities.

The police report follows recent claims by community members of being “terrorised” by youngsters. In one police case, teenagers were arrested for robbing a woman next to Kensington cemetery on Sunday 9 April. The youngest suspect is reportedly 14 years old. He and his teenage friends were released to their parents.

In another robbery, another group of teenagers tried to rob a local shop. They fled before they were caught.

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