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Beware of these 'cops'

by Toyah Lord
03 Jul 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

When approached by an individual who claims to be a police official, demand identification and only stop if it is a marked police van with blue lights.


So says Senior Superintendent Gerda van Niekerk, station commissioner of the Claremont Police Station. This warning follows an incident which occurred on Tuesday morning, 26 June, in Claremont Main Road, where a woman was approached by three men on foot who claimed to be police officials.

According to the victim, says Van Niekerk, the men were wearing rain coats identifying them as police members and requested to get into her car.

Once in the car, the men robbed the woman of her cellphone, cash and credit cards before running away. Although this is the first reported incident of such a nature at Claremont Police Station, Van Niekerk would like to urge the community to be on their guard.

... robbed the woman of her cellphone, cash and credit cards before running away

"If you do get stopped by a police officer, demand to see his/her badge, which will verify their credential," Superintendent Van Niekerk says. "If they are unable to produce one, then drive to the nearest police station and report the incident," she advises.

People's Post contacted various other police stations within the area to enquire whether any similar incidents had occurred.

If you do get stopped by a police officer, demand to see his/her badge, which will verify their credential, If they are unable to produce one, then drive to the nearest police station and report the incident

Although Cape Town Central Police Station, Sea Point Police Station and Mowbray Police Station did not have any reported incidents of this nature, Woodstock Police Station said they had experienced a similar incident.

Roughly three months ago, three men pretended to be police officers, with one even wearing a bullet-proof vest over his shirt, and knocked on an Observatory resident's door, claiming that a suspect had jumped into the back yard Senior Superintendent Pierre van der Riel, acting station commissioner, says the occupants then let the men into the house, at which point they robbed them.

According to Van der Riel, a few days later, suspects attempted a similar act, but they were caught and arrested.

three men pretended to be police officers, with one even wearing a bullet-proof vest over his shirt, and knocked on an Observatory resident's door

Commenting on the issue of how accessible it is to obtain police equipment such as a bullet proof vest, provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Billy Jones says the police have an inventory system in place to keep tabs on police clothing and policing equipment issued to individuals, police stations and policing units.

He says clothing and equipment issued to individuals in the service are placed on the member's personal record on the inventory system.

"Commanders/supervisors are tasked to do regular inspections and certify that the members are still in possession of the issued equipment," Jones says, adding that losses and damage to clothing and equipment must be reported and members are continually sensitised to comply.

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