How safe is your security complex?

2015-07-27 14:27

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Johannesburg - Many people are under the impression that living in a secure complex guarantees you safety from crime.

However, there have recently been a number of cases where people were attacked in their homes in 24 hour security complexes.

Below is a list of five incidents since August last year:

- Economist Dawie Roodt and his family were confronted by four men armed with pangas and a gun at their high security complex in Pretoria East, Luberon Estate, on Thursday night.

Roodt is currently in intensive care after sustaining serious injuries during the robbery. While the robbery was in progress, there was a power failure in the area and Roodt used the opportunity to try and draw the robbers away from his family by saying he had money in his vehicle in the garage.

Once one of the men followed him to the garage, Roodt attacked him. During the attack, the assailant hit and cut Roodt multiple times.  He sustained arm and head injuries.

 The other robbers panicked because of the noise and fled the property with the stolen goods, including laptops and handbags.

 Roodt eventually jumped the fence and ran to his neighbour for help, before returning to his home.

- Angelina Youngman, 70, was attacked at her home in a Sir Lowry’s Pass security estate on Thursday.

She was confronted by three men with a gun in her passageway.

Youngman told News24 that one of the men walked slowly towards her and put the gun to her face.

“The nearest thing to me was the telephone directory so I grabbed it and hit the gun hand away from me," she said.

"His hand moved but he didn’t drop the gun. It was like a movie.”

He hit her with the gun behind her left ear and she hit and punched him back.

Youngman said the man was holding her head the whole time.

Her domestic worker walked down the passage at some point and the man with the gun looked up.

Youngman used the distraction to flee the house.

- Last month, an elderly couple, both 82, were attacked on a North West golf estate.

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

They were watching TV 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.

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

Pecanwood Estate's community association's manager Johan Kruger said this was the first contact crime in 19 years.

- In January, the Van Breda family was attacked in their home on the De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch.

Marli, 16, and her brother Henri, 20, survived an axe attack at their luxury golf estate home while her parents Martin, 54, Teresa, 55 and 22-year-old brother were all killed.

No arrests have been made.

- In August last year, Beeld reported that an elderly couple was killed in a robbery at their home in a security complex in Tuine, Pretoria.

Dolf de Lange, 67, and his wife Pop, 65, were found dead in a pool of blood in their bedroom.

Their son, Deon, went looking for them after they did not answer their phones.

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