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Community key to combating local crime surge

by Nurene Jassiem
23 May 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

A surge in housebreaking and motor vehicle theft in Manenberg and surrounding areas has sparked the concern of the police and residents alike.

The station commissioner at the Manenberg police, Senior Superintendent Kishor Harri, said Surrey Estate, Greenhaven, Primrose Park, Sherwood Park and Heideveld have become prime target areas for the theft of motor vehicles valued between R20 000 and R50 000.

"These are not new vehicles that are being targeted. In other words they are vehicles which do not have tracking devices," Harri said. He added that vehicles parked on the side of the road and in long drive ways were usually targeted late at night and in the early hours of the morning.

According to police statistics house-breaking has also increased in recent months.

They are prevalent in the areas where there are flats and backyard dwellers. Harri said the trend around the break-ins is concerning to police because items are stolen, but police are unable to find witnesses to these break-ins.

"We suspect that the items are stolen to satisfy drug habits and we are trying to find out where these items are re-sold," Harri said.
He added that it is "terrible that someone works hard to buy a television or video machine and then someone else just steals it from them".

Harri said community involvement played a key role in combating these crimes. "We need the community to start talking and stop protecting the criminals. We need the community to help us with crime prevention," he said.

Proudly Manenberg, a community based campaign, has also encouraged people to report crime, saying that they should take ownership of their neighborhood and its welfare.

Harri said police have increased their visible patrols at the "hot spots" and they are appealing to residents to contact Crime Stop with any crime-related information they may have. The Crime Stop number is 086 010 111.

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