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Criminals take advantage of load shedding – Home invaders attack man with a panga

Police in Gqeberha are warning residents to be vigilant and to take precautionary measures in ensuring that their premises are secure as criminals are breaking into properties while residents are at home during or just after load shedding.

Police have recorded increases in the Rowallan Park, Kunene Park, Kabega Park, Parsonsridge and Westering areas.

During investigations, detectives discovered that in some cases sliding doors were left opened thus giving robbers’ easy access into the house.

Many of these break ins occurred between 22:00 and 04:00.

The recent robbery took pace at about 01:46 on 11 May 2023, at a house in Huguenot Street in Kabega Park. The complainant was woken up by four males in balaclavas. One was armed with a firearm and one with a panga.

He was struck with the panga on his left arm. A shot was also fired but he did not sustain any injuries.

Entry to the house was gained by forcing open the sliding door. A TV and cellphones were among items taken. The complainant was taken to hospital for treatment.

In all of the cases, the suspects are usually more than one.

Residents are advised to re-look at their current security measures and consider upgrading as their safety is a priority.

Herewith some useful tips for consideration:

β€’ Make sure that sliding doors have security gates and that both are locked when going to bed.
β€’ Install burglar bars on all windows that open.
β€’ Make sure that your alarm system is in a good working condition and that the panic button is within reach in cases of emergency.
β€’ Never go outside if you hear a noise or to check on your dog’s constant barking, instead, activate your panic alarm, phone the police and/or your security company.

Police have stepped up vehicle and foot patrols in all of the abovementioned areas. Load shedding affects us all and the SAPS is not exempt as during these times, the phones lines are down.

SAPS Kabega Park residents are advised that should they experience challenges getting hold of the police station or the 10111 centre lines, residents can call the Operational Command Centre on 082 442 1282.

SAPS Newsroom

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