Don't lower your guard - security estate manager

2015-06-09 08:10

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Johannesburg – The biggest threat in security estates is that residents lower their guard, said the Pecanwood Estate's community association's manager Johan Kruger.

He was speaking to News24 after an elderly couple was attacked on the North West golf estate - shortly after selling their farm due to security concerns.

"The biggest threat for communities and estates is people lower their guard," Kruger told News24.

"They aren't that switched on as they would be in an area where the same security provisions are not provided for. Crime is everywhere. It's sad."

According to Rapport newspaper, Frans and Lies Tuinder, both 82, moved into the estate, near Broederstroom, on the banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam, in March after selling their Limpopo farm.

They were watching TV on Wednesday when Lies went to the bathroom. Frans heard a loud sound, went to investigate and found his wife had been struck on the head and was lying on the floor.

While attending to her, he was struck over the head with a crowbar and tied up with cable ties. The robber was in the house for about two hours before leaving. He made Frans open the safe, and took clothes and other valuables.

'Stick to the basics'

The couple paid the estate R3 000 a month for security.

"We've got everything. We've got access control systems, there is nothing else we can really put in, except to ensure that you stick to the basics," Kruger said.

"I think an incident like this does make people jittery. However, it is the first contact crime since the estate existed, being 19 years. It puts people on high alert. It makes people nervous."

Police and the estate’s security were investigating the attack.

"We are at a sensitive stage and we do have information. However, from what we've done, we can only go to basics. Look at your procedures and stick to the basics."

He believed the view of communities like Pecanwood has changed somewhat over the last few years, with the decision to move into such communities primarily being a choice of lifestyle.

"There may be a perception that those who buy in communities have more resources than other people, which isn't necessarily true," he said.

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