Burglaries on the rise in residential areas

Police have urged Dundee residents to follow Glencoe’s example by forming neighbourwatch systems in a bid to stem rising crime.

There was again a spate of burglaries last week which prompted some residents to comment that with ‘growing crime, the break down in law and order in a town where the by laws are not enforced, it may be safer in a city’.
A house on Bloukrans Street was burgled during the early hours of Sunday when a robber forced a door open and gained entrance.
An HP laptop and a Samsung laptop valued at R28 000 were taken. Another burglary occurred at Buffalo Drive on Thursday night.
The tenants had locked the doors and left the windows open, only to wake up the next morning to discover that the following items were stolen: TV flat screen, laptop, bicycle and a leather bag.
The estimated value of stolen goods is R41 900.
A McPhail Drive resident also fell victim to a burglary on Friday when a thief broke one of the windows to gain entrance and stole items valued at R13 770.
A burglar forced a door open and gained entrance at a residence in Rorke Street on Saturday.
A Sony amplifier valued at R8 500 was taken. A house in Gladstone Street was burgled on Saturday when a thief forced open the security gate of the house and stole a plasma TV valued at R4 000.
Man conned out of R3 500
A man fell prey to theft on Sunday when he transferred R3 500 into the bank account of someone known to him after the promise to trade on his behalf never materialised.
The criminal is known and the case is pending.
Woman robbed after being distracted at ATM
An unidentified man distracted a woman while she was using the Standard Bank ATM at Jeff’s Service Station on Friday. Her card got stuck in the ATM and later an amount of R400 was withdrawn.
Captain V Mbense has invited the community to mobilise their own patrols at night in order to reduce and hopefully conquer burglaries.
“Please speak to the station commanders at Dundee and Glencoe SAPS on how to engage in community patrols. They have all the information,” said Captain Mbense.

  AUTHOR
Northern Natal Courier

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