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Burglars enter homes through roof
One of the many shelters found and destroyed in the Witfontein state forest by citizens during clean up efforts.
GEORGE NEWS - In three daring burglaries which took place in Heatherlands on Saturday night 11 February, burglars gained access through the roof by removing tiles and deactivating alarms. Big items like a gun safe and TV-sets were stolen. In a fourth burglary, entrance was gained through a window.
On the same weekend, on Friday 10 February, the beleaguered Heatherlands homeowners reported two attempted burglaries - one in Myrtle Road and one in Arum Road when intruders scaled a palisade fence and a wall round about 22:00.
In all six incidents, the burglars chose under lit areas to carry out their crimes.
Western Cape SAPS Communications Officer for the Southern Cape, Capt Malcolm Pojé, says in a number of the burglaries firearms were stolen.
"We suspect that those criminals involved are either well-trained or are experts when it comes to the installation of safes and alarm systems. As a safety precaution, we appeal to owners of safes and those who have alarm systems, to have it checked regularly and to also install a second upper lock to their sliding doors. Also, do not allow unidentified people onto your property - especially not job seekers or beggars."
Would-be burglars were also active on Sunday in the Eastern suburbs, going from home to home trying the front doors while the owners were inside. At 21:00 one would-be intruder pushed down hard on a home's door handle and pulled forcefully at a window's burglar bars.
The homeowner is surprised by the audacity of the robbers saying they are very likely armed and therefore willing to confront home owners. She said housebreaking statistics should be released on a regular basis so that George residents can be vigilant and be more security conscious. However, the police told the George Herald that they only release statistics once a year.
On 8 September 2016 Lizette da Silva, George Herald news editor, wrote in a detailed report that burglaries at homes increased from 650 cases to 699 for the entire George policing area in the 2015/2016 financial year.
In that same period, burglaries at
non-residential premises went up from 366 to 420.
However, in 2014 the number of house burglaries reported was 860.
Two local neighbourhood watches report an increase in crime linked to more white drug addicts hanging around in the area. Not only are they more visible than before; they know them by name and beg on street corners.
A local policeman confirmed that George has become a draw-card for drug addicts. He and neighbourhood watch spokespersons said this week: "Many do-gooders supply food and money to addicts and in so support their dependency."
Capt Pojé warned this week that residents should desist from doing so as it will only increase crime. During regular clean-up efforts of the Witfontein state forest, groups of volunteers have found needles, discarded loot and temporary shelters.
Neighbourhood watches share information and through patrols, as well as fast reaction to situations, have been proving their efficiency.
The station commander of George SAPS, Brig Victoria Mavaka-Ncamani expressed SAPS's gratitude towards the neighbourhood watch structures and sector crime forums in the George area for their voluntary assistance in fighting crime.
"They have been vigilant at all times and assisted SAPS with information and even arrests of suspects."
ARTICLE: PAULINE LOURENS, GEORGE HERALD JOURNALIST
'We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news'
08:03 (GMT+2), Thu, 16 February 2017
8 days ago
As usual police will simply tell us to be more vigilant and pass the responsibility to tax paying residents to protect themselves. Yes - neighbourhood watch groups are great, but cannot operate without finances. Everyone is happy that they are there but refuse to contribute to keep the streets safe. Police haven't been part of law enforcement or crime prevention for years already due to inefficiency, corruption, dwindling numbers, lack of finances and resources, lack of authority, etc.
Sadly when police, neighbourhood watch, public or security catch someone, the law protects the lawless and the legal system puts the scum back on the streets. The only time the law is applied effectively is when someone is caught taking the law into their own hands. George municipality and law enforcement in particular are spineless when it comes to catching and preventing criminals such as drug pushers, violent and intoxicated drunks, druggies, dog stealing gangs, shoplifters, armed foul mouthed violent car guards, etc. having the freedom to do whatever they wish without any consequences. Condemning them through the media is window dressing and does absolutely nothing to prevent crime or convict criminals and remove them from our streets. Remaining quiet or bringing violent criminals to our already overflowing prison doesn't help either. Will the DA do something about it, because the ANC have only helped to make the problem far worse, even promoting corruption and lawlessness.
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