Unfortunately, the crime rate in our areas increased in March compared to February, with 91 reported incidents compared to 55. However, 16 arrests were made and together with SAPS we are trying our best to catch as many criminals as possible.
Of the 16 arrests, six were for theft out of a motor vehicle. Once again, we encourage everyone to take absolutely everything out of your car and to not park in places where you feel unsafe. We also want to urge everyone to please make sure that your offices, shops and houses are locked at all times to prevent unnecessary crimes and break-ins from taking place.
Our GP/OKCID officers always make a concerted effort to be at a crime scene as soon as possible, but we need the assistance of all role players in the community to catch the suspects. If you ever feel unsafe or witness a car accident or crime, give one of our GP/OKCID operations managers a call immediately on 071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811. Also be sure to tell visitors and tourists to save these numbers on their phones too, so that we can get everyone involved in making Cape Town a safer place for all.
HERE’S A SUMMARY OF INCIDENTS REPORTED LAST MONTH:
On 5 March, Officer Mkhubukeli reported that a white Audi A5 bumped into his vehicle. The person driving the Audi jumped out of the vehicle and started running down Waterkant Street. Officer Mkhubukeli managed to apprehend the suspect, took him back to the car and it was confirmed that he stole the vehicle on High Level Road, Sea Point. We have managed to track the owner of the stolen vehicle and the case has been closed.
A clothing shop in Weltevreden Street, ‘Labels 4 Less’ was robbed on 10 March. Two neatly dressed men came into the shop pretending that they wanted to buy something. After being in the shop for a while they pulled out firearms, tied up the staff with cable ties and stole a Samsung laptop, cell phone, clothing and R750. The suspects got into a VW Polo and drove away. Unfortunately, no registration was taken, but SAPS Commissioner Mabuze, the forensic unit and Constable Pommer arrived on the scene and are still busy investigating the case.
On 16 March, a driver lost control of a crane truck while driving down High Level Road and crashed into seven parked vehicles. SAPS arrived on the scene and the details of all the involved vehicles were collected. The scene was cleaned up and the case has been closed.
A house break-in was reported on 13 March when Officer Beck stopped officers that were busy patrolling the Oranje-Kloof area. He reported that their house was broken into while they were having a family lunch. The suspect entered the house through the front gate and stole some police documents and a laptop from his room. The area was patrolled and the documents were found and taken back to the police.
Once again, a large number of vagrants were removed from various areas in Cape Town during March and we want to ask everyone to please inform our GP/OKCID officers if you know of any areas that should be investigated.