Residents of the northern suburbs of Cape Town have been urged to remain vigilant, after an apparent increase in incidents of crime in the area.
“Based on the information we have drawn from the incidents we have responded to and on what has been shared with us by other partners, there seems to be an increase of incidents in Uitzicht, Goedemoed, Tara and The Crest in Durbanville,” says Verena Hulme, Cape Town North district manager at Fidelity ADT.
“Most of the incidents have been reported during the night or in the early hours of the morning. Suspects gain entry through open windows or where they are putting their hands through burglar bars and then breaking windows to gain entry, before grabbing small items. There have also been cases of thefts out of parked cars.”
Hulme says in a recent incident, one of their armed response officers responded to a report from the Durbanville Camera Initiative (DCI) about a stolen motorbike that was seen driving into the Durbanville area. “The alert was generated by Licence Plate Recognition cameras in the area. Our officer soon spotted the motorbike and reported its location back to the DCI. This helped members of the SAPS to soon join the pursuit, which ended in the motorbike being stopped on Wellington Road and its driver arrested.”
Residents should be aware of opportunistic criminals and immediately raise the alarm if they see anything suspicious, she adds.
“The police and armed response companies are committed to protecting everyone that works and lives in the northern suburbs, and the DCI gives us an extra boost in the fight against crime. But we need the public’s assistance – please keep all doors and windows closed and gates locked, remember to arm your home security system even if you are at home, and never leave valuable items in your parked car at night.”