Hardware store all too aware of criminal activity in its surrounds

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Klipkop Neighbourhood Watch members say they are fed-up with the crime levels at the corners of Joubert Street and De La Rey Street, Parow East.PHOTO: Richard Roberts
Klipkop Neighbourhood Watch members say they are fed-up with the crime levels at the corners of Joubert Street and De La Rey Street, Parow East.PHOTO: Richard Roberts

A local hardware store in Klipkop, Parow East, confirmed recently that they too are impacted by the criminal activity in the area surrounding the business premises.

Last month TygerBurger reported on the criminal activity near the hardware store and a family retail store situated on the corners of Joubert Street and De La Rey Street in Parow.

During a visit to the area, members of the Klipkop Neighbourhood Watch informed the newspaper of criminals who often harass customers in the parking lots.

They claim that crime is on the increase in the area and that not much has been done to address it, despite their calls for help. The members also claim that criminals here threaten and rob customers who visit the two stores. It was further claimed that the criminals often pose as car guards or legitimate job-seekers who sit on the corners.

Some of the criminals who loiter in the area have also been found in possession of dangerous weapons, the neighbourhood watch said.

Kobus Schietekat, regional asset protection manager for Builders Western Cape, responded recently to the situation.

“We are aware of concerns about crime in the Klipkop area and have raised these concerns in our regular meetings with the local police senior management for action by the South African Police Service. We are also aware of threats that have been made to security and have tasked our security service provider with developing a credible response to urgently combat this,” Schietekat says.

The neighbourhood watch indicated last time that they will be handing over a memorandum to the City of Cape Town to request that they assist with closing the parking bays.

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