Red Alert warns of increased crime

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Red Alert operations manager, Frans Labuschagne has warned Pietermaritzburg residents to be aware of an increase in criminal related activities surrounding the forest between Cascades, Chase Valley and Ferncliffe after a mother and daughter were subjected to a housebreaking and attempted murder at their cottage in Ferncliffe.

The Witness recently reported on two incidents in March where women were robbed and harassed at the Cascades Mountain Bike trail and at Wylie Park.

“In the early hours of the morning a housebreaking occurred. A woman and her daughter were in the house at the time when intruders entered the property. The cottage they occupy on the property does not have an alarm but fortunately, the woman’s screams alerted a resident of the main house,”

“The men were stopped by our rapid response team however the family dog was killed after the dog was stabbed multiple times,” said Labuschagne.

Labuschagne urged people to avoid using the forest during odd times and to be mindful of your surroundings on or away from your property.

“For those that frequent the forest for exercise, rather do so in groups, avoid wearing valuables, and arm yourself with self-defence items like a whistle and pepper spray,” said Labuschagne.

Police spokesperson, Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed the events and said two men were arrested and charged with attempted housebreaking this morning.

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