Scottburgh April CPF meeting – Armed robbery still a concern

Crime in general decreased during March, but the theft of motor vehicles remains a problem, particularly since motor vehicle owners ignore police warnings about leaving valuable items on display in their cars or on the backs of their bakkies.

What is disconcerting is that vehicles are being stolen from gated properties.

The thieves simply lift the electric gates off their hinges to gain access to the property.

Armed robbery is another concern.

The recent break-in by a gang of 6 men, at a house in the Pen Valley Estate in Pennnington, is a prime example. The occupants of the house were able to alert security and a shoot-out ensued, but no-one was injured or apprehended.

The men apparently gained access to the estate by cutting a hole in the perimeter fence. Public drunkenness at the Scottburgh beachfront continues unabated despite numerous arrests being effected by the SAPS. Station Commander Col. Ralph Ruiters stated that some of the drunks become aggressive when confronted and this makes it very difficult for the police to avoid physical confrontations.

The repeated calls for Umdoni Municipality to “beef up” its by-laws in order to make police action more effective, remains a pipedream. The continued presence of bogus car guards in the Scottburgh CBD was once again on the agenda.

A resolution was taken to hold a “walk-about” after the next CPF meeting on May 9, to make people aware of the negative impact that supporting these people is having on the community.

Members of the public are reminded that only SAPS-accredited car guards are issued with the easily recognizable yellow T-shirts and that anyone else is nothing but a con-artist, using handouts from the public to finance such undesirable activities as buying alcohol or drugs.

Two representatives from Bazley told the forum that the community there contributes to the cost of paying police reservists to patrol the area. The cost of providing vehicles for the reservists, to make their patrols more effective, was also discussed.

A suggestion that motor cycles be used, and which met with some negativity when first discussed last year, was received with more enthusiasm this time.

  AUTHOR
MSCRS Reporter

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