Armed robbers strike again in Durban suburb

2015-07-20 11:56
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Durban - Police top brass have closed ranks after the outspoken Westville community policing forum chairperson lifted the lid on a crime wave of crisis proportions last week.

The plush suburb is plagued by armed home invasions, with a spate of robberies continuing unabated.

On Sunday an armed security guard managed to fend off two knife-wielding house robbers in the latest of a series of attacks in the sought-after area.

Blue Security operations manager Brian Jackson said the reaction officer had responded to an alarm activation in Tyburn Way shortly after noon.

“Our officer responded in time to find two housebreakers crawling out of a back window with stolen goods. He ordered them to lie on the ground next to his vehicle while he called for back-up,” he said.

“But one of the men jumped up and lunged toward our officer with a knife. Our officer fired a warning shot into the air and the attacker then turned and fled the scene before the second suspect jumped up and confronted our officer, who then fired a second shot. Both suspects fled the scene and ran into nearby bushes. There were no injuries during the incident,” he said.

Jackson commended the bravery of the armed response officer.

“Our officer responded swiftly to the scene of the crime and handled the situation professionally, although it was unfortunate that the suspects managed to get away this time. We are dedicated to the fight against crime and will continue to work closely with the police and neighbourhood watch groups to clear our suburbs of criminals and help residents to feel safe in their homes again,” he said.

Westville has experienced a spate of robberies in recent weeks.

On Tuesday last week, a prominent Durban businessman was killed during a home invasion. He was shot in the head while trying to protect his family.

CPF chair Mike Myers painted a grim picture, saying the Westville police station was "crippled" by understaffing and a leadership vacuum.

Police spokespeople have been approached for comment repeatedly and have declined to go on record.

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