Are you aware of these incidents? I just received this email now. If the CPF can confirm these incidents, could you perhaps send communication out Jackie?
Thanks and regards
Cell 082 82 034 82
Quite disturbing news!
Paul Botha ☺
Provincial Security Manager: Tshwane, Lesedi and
Tel:+27 011 677 0400
Cellphone: 083 372 1395
From: Jacques.F.Wolmarans [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 07 September 2010 02:55 PM
To: Botha, Paul PA; Riaan Crafford
Subject: Crime wave hits
Crime wave hits
7 September 2010, 09:09
By Graeme Hosken and Karabo Seanego
of house robberies and burglaries which have left residents living in fear.
The crime wave of armed robberies, assaults and burglaries, has left residents demanding action from police who they claim are not
interested in their safety.
Police sources and security company ADT have confirmed an
increase in the number of attacks on households across the area.
"These guys are operating with impunity and are attacking homes everywhere. We believe there are a number of syndicates targeting these areas with
several of them splitting up and attacking different areas at the
same time," said a detective.
These syndicates were using various vehicles to commit their
crimes and specifically targeting cash and luxury electrical
appliances, he said.
The policeman's concerns have been backed up by ADT. The
security company confirmed an increase in burglaries and house
robberies at its clients' homes in Valhalla and
ADT spokeswoman Lizel Swart said they had not noticed any
specific pattern but there was a clear increase, especially in the
past three months.
"These attacks are happening throughout the day at different
times, with a definite increase in the
The increase, claim residents, has them living in fear of their lives.
For Jameel Bhana the fear is very real. His wife Soomaya and their
domestic narrowly escaped injury when their house was
ransacked on August 18 by four men driving a metallic blue
The two were forced to hide and lock themselves in an outside
cottage when the gang forced their way into their home.
"I was cooking when I heard footsteps followed by an
aggressive knock on the front door. I became suspicious and
told the domestic that I would not open the door."
What followed was a terrifying ordeal. The two women watched
the men using a crowbar to try to break open a security door
before they smashed open a window.
"We just heard glass break. Before we knew it they were in
the kitchen. I quickly called my neighbour and begged her for
help. I told her to go outside and scream at them.
"Despite being discovered and the neighbour yelling that the
police were on their way the suspects continued looting the
house before they fled."
Jameel Bhana said through his enquiries he had discovered
several other houses had been burgled by the same men.
"I spoke to a domestic across the road from the house that was
people who had come into their home."
Bhana said that home owner had told him that she thought the
men were contractors but when she heard glass breaking, she
knew something was wrong.
"She later saw the four suspects carrying items from the house
and placing them in the blue Toyota Conquest and fleeing the
scene," he said.
For Sydney Cowley discovering his
and his electrical household appliances missing was a
nightmare. It appears, police said, that his house was attacked
shortly after the four-man gang had fleeced Bhana's home.
"My neighbour saw a car in the driveway and heard some
banging in the house. She thought it was my father who
often comes round. But when she saw three men running out
of the house with electrical goods she activated her panic
button," said Cowley.
The burglars knew what they were doing, taking the right
power supply cables for the computer and laptops and
picking the correct remote for the Play Station 3.
"The community is fed-up. These people come into our homes in
broad daylight," said Cowley.
Bhana said he was furious. A policeman who came to his
house for follow up investigations the next day, told
him that there were no leads in the case and his docket had been
"I told him about the other burglaries and gave him a
description of the car, but he said the docket would be filed
until we could update him with new leads.
"Why should we update him? Surely he should follow up the
information we have given him?"
Wierdabrug police station spokeswoman Captain Agnes
Huma said they were aware of the crime increases and had put
a plan in place to target criminals.
"We cannot divulge that plan. We have had a number of successes,
which we can also not reveal. "We are appealing to the
community to assist us in combating burglaries and house
robberies by ensuring their doors and windows are locked,
not leaving valuables in cars parked outside their houses and
burning the boxes of electrical appliances instead of throwing
them in dustbins.
"We want residents to do this because if criminals see
appliance boxes they know you have just bought new goods,
which they will try to steal."
072 826 3801.