Newlands volunteer firefighting base burgled

2016-07-18 15:03

Cape Town - Thieves trashed the Newlands base of the Volunteer Wildfire Services and stole computers and a safe with expensive equipment over the weekend.

Burglars used crowbars to force their way into the premises they shared with Table Mountain National Parks sometime between 19:00 on Friday and 08:00 on Saturday, VWS’s Jon-Jon Emary told News24 on Monday.

“They forced open the gates and doors, so there is extensive damage that needs to be repaired,” he said.

The monetary value of what was stolen had not yet been confirmed, but Emary conceded it would be “a lot”. Only some of the stolen items were insured.

The most valuable of the organisation’s losses were the computers, which VWS used for dispatch purposes. Two computers belonging to Table Mountain National Parks were also stolen.

“The last burglary we had here was in December, when a fridge donated to us was taken,” he said.

Social media users criticised the robbery, saying it was shocking.

“Despicable behaviour! Yet they'd want your help when there was a fire by them! [sic]” one Facebook user commented.

“No moral fibre. An organisation that does so much for our communities,” another wrote.

In response to the messages of support on Monday, VWS wrote on its Facebook page: “To the perpetrators: We'll still be there to assist in your hour of need if called upon.”

VWS’s Jonkershoek base had been burgled several times, during which small appliances and food were stolen.

VWS has four stations in the province manned by over 200 volunteers. It helps municipal fire services and Table Mountain National Parks, and offers training and awareness programmes.



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