Watch the road for perps

2016-02-02 06:00
Motorists are urged to be vigilant while approaching intersections and avoid opportunistic criminals.  PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Motorists are urged to be vigilant while approaching intersections and avoid opportunistic criminals. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Several intersections along AZ Berman Drive have been identified as crime hotspots.

In recent weeks the robots along this main road between the Town Centre and the R300 have been frequented by prowling eyes, just waiting for an opportunity to strike, says the Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum (CPF). In a recent meeting with People’s Post, several areas of concern for robberies, smash and grabs and carjackings were flagged.

Police agree that residents should remain vigilant and not allow themselves to become victims of opportunists.

Lynn Philips, secretary of the CPF, says people should safeguard their valuables, wherever they are.

“When taking public transport do not leave your valuables in plain sight. I also want to appeal to the children not to walk with their phones out, texting in the open,” she says.

Philips is referring to several incidents in which thieves robbed passengers along popular taxi routes in the precinct, especially stealing cellphones.

She also says AZ Berman Drive has many opportunistic criminals waiting to smash and grab close to robots.

Abie Isaacs, CPF chairperson, says people should be aware that crime can happen anywhere.

“I became a victim of a smash and grab in a residential area. People have a tendency to expect it only on the main routes, but you should expect it anywhere,” he says.

Police say they have not received any reports of smash and grab cases, but they are investigating several cases of carjackings, specifically opposite the Promenade Mall (Read about a recent case on page 5).

“Isolated incidents of carjacking were reported in AZ Berman Drive, Beacon Valley,” says police spokesperson Constable Nozuko Makwayiba.

Police urge motorists to place all their valuables in the boot while driving and not on the front or back seat.

Further tips include:

. Don’t give lifts to strangers.

. Maintain a safe following distance between cars.

. Be aware of people loitering at intersections and robots.

. Be alert at all times.

. Try to avoid driving on dark isolated streets.

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