Crime ‘out of control’

Rondebosch has been hit by crime left right and centre in the last few weeks.

Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) reports show that crime is out of hand in the area. Residents are urged to be vigilant.

On 7 January police were alerted to house break-ins and thefts at three different houses. The same method of operation was used and police suspect that the same person may be responsible.

The first incident occurred in Rover Road. Access was gained by forcing a wooden gate open in the early hours of the morning and using a rock to break a dining room window which had no burglar bars. Two tablets and two laptops were stolen. The residents were at home at the time of the incident.

Later in the same early morning hours a house was broken into in Rutherglen Road. Access was gained by breaking a downstairs window. A TV and tablet were stolen.

The resident had deactivated the alarm at 05:30 when she went downstairs to fetch milk for her child and went back upstairs. An hour later the residents realised that in the interim they had been burgled.

The third break-in was also reported on 7 January, although the date and time of the crime is unknown. Residents returned to their home in Old Farm Road from holiday to find the kitchen window damaged and a safe and other items stolen.

On 12 January an armed robbery occurred at a house in Berram Road at 11:33. It is alleged that three men (one armed and two with balaclavas) lifted the gate and gained access to the lounge through a sliding door. The robbers demanded money from the resident and a visitor. The victims ran away and locked themselves behind a security gate and pressed the panic button. The domestic worker and a neighbour also activated their panic buttons.

The robbers fled in a silver Volvo sedan after taking cash from the visitor’s handbag. No-one was injured in the robbery.

Shirley Aldum, RCID manager, says it is interesting that there have been a number of workmen as well as subcontractors on the property recently.

“The incident is under investigation and Rondebosch police are following up. Camera footage in the RCID hub has already been reviewed and any relevant footage will be downloaded and provided to the detectives,” she says.

She adds that with it being summer it is very difficult to keep all windows and doors closed, so residents are encouraged to install garden beams as an early warning system.

“Always set your alarm, even if you are only going out for 10 minutes. Become more vigilant of any suspicious cars or persons in your street and enforce your security ‘rules’ at home. Remember, your security is only as good as your weakest link.”

V Residents can report any suspicious behaviour to the 24/7 RCID hub on 086 000 7243.

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