Brazen burglars target Bonteheuwel school twice

2016-08-10 18:41
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Bonteheuwel Secondary School in Cape Town has suffered two break-ins in less than a month, with security equipment also falling prey to sticky fingers in one of the incidents.

On Sunday night, thieves moved across the school quad to the admin block, where they broke a window to get inside an office.

They stole a computer, two telephones, five CCTV cameras, a metal ladder and the caretaker's tools, said Jessica Shelver, spokesperson to provincial education MEC Debbie Schafer.

The thieves also broke the intercom box and removed wiring. Around 100m of cabling was stolen.

Shelver said the estimated cost of the damage and loss is R40 000.

An undetected security camera appeared to have captured some of those responsible and the footage was handed over to Bishop Lavis police.

"The school has an alarm system linked to armed response. We await a full report from the alarm company."

Community, police support

On July 18, a thief forced a window open at the school's computer lab.

A wire was used to pull six computer monitors through the window.

Shelver said schools were difficult areas to secure, given their extensive physical infrastructure.

While the department installed additional security measures, it could not win the fight without the support of the police and surrounding residents.

Communities were asked to report suspicious behaviour to the SA Police Service or the safe schools call centre on 0800 45 46 47.

"The ongoing scourge of burglary and vandalism of our schools simply has to stop," said Shelver.

"As a department we simply cannot afford to keep repairing and replacing what is stolen or vandalised."

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