Warning to taxi rank patrons

2015-06-04 06:01

WITH CCTV cameras not working in the Port Shepstone CBD and other South Coast towns, criminals are getting away with crime on a frightening scale.

Word on the street is that when walking along Mandela Drive in the CBD, just before the taxi rank, people should be on the look-out for pickpockets and cellphone snatchers who pretend to be giving out promotional material, while at the same time opening the person’s bag and remove the contents.

A witness told the Fever that there is a man who always walks along Mandela Drive corridor opening hand bags and on Tuesday they saw him but was too scared to alert the woman immediately.

However, as soon she turned into the rank the witness told her what had happened and she retraced her steps to see if she could find him, but was unsuccessful.

The Fever contacted Port Shepstone SAPS to ask if they are aware of such activities.

SAPS spokesperson Zandra Wiid said no report of the incident had been made that day.

“No robbery case was reported to police on Tuesday in that area. We urge the community to report any criminal activities as soon as possible so we can act and make arrests,” said Wiid.

Wiid said the Port Shepstone SAPS have put certain measures in place to monitor the CBD and surrounding area, especially during peak times.

She urged vulnerable people - pensioners - not to collect pension money alone or do any monetary transactions if not accompanied by a trustworthy person.

Comment from the municipality had not been obtained at the time of going to press

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