Concerns raised by the Witbank Police – Weekly rundown

The Witbank Police are currently working together with numerous teams to ensure the safety of our city.

Problems have been identified, as well as problematic areas where police presence will be stronger, and more attention on certain crimes.
In a meeting with the police and their teams, the Central Business District and Extension 8 have been identified as problematic areas where crimes are sky rocketing.

Capt Eddie Hall, media spokesperson for the Witbank Police said that the police identified crime patterns and problematic areas in the city.

“We want to warn the public, to be more vigilant in certain areas and of certain crimes.”

A warning to all, that shoplifting is a crime and that you will be arrested. This is not to be taken lightly. A police case will be opened and you will be arrested and prosecuted when caught in the act of shoplifting.

Capt Hall said that it is not taken seriously and arrests in this regard are increasing.

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He said that theft of motor vehicles is increasing, especially older models. He urges the public to install tracking devices into their vehicles, add a gorilla lock to their steering wheels and gear lock to the gear lever.

Ms Maureen Scheepers, operations co-ordinator at the SACCW added that vehicles must be locked at all times and park in areas where car guards or security is available or in sight.

She said that it is of great importance that you memorise or write down the registration number of your vehicle, as it makes it much better to track or find it.

“It is of utmost importance that all details of your vehicle is provided after your vehicle is stolen, to make is easily traceable. Take pictures of your vehicle for ‘BOLO- Be On the Look Out’ purposes. Take pictures of the license disc and any distinctive markings such as dents, stickers or mags,” added Scheepers.

She added that residents should fit their vehicles with alarm systems, tracking devices and to insure vehicles.

“It could be the difference in preventing the vehicle from being stolen or when stolen, to having a greater chance of recovery,” said Scheepers.

Crimes highlighted for the week was theft out of motor vehicles, business robberies, especially in abovementioned areas, as well as an enormous amount of armed robberies.

Capt Hall urged residents to be vigilant at all times, do not withdraw large amounts of money from the banks and be vigilant of your surroundings.

A new ‘trend’ is that shoppers are being watched inside the shops, followed outside and then robbed of their belongings.

“Do not flaunt your property and check your surroundings at all times,” concluded Capt Hall.

For any emergency contact the Witbank Police on 013 655 5052 or Maureen Scheepers on 082 565 6770 or David Wessels on 072 777 3012. Alternatively, download the zello application and add http://zello.com/SACCW.

Madelon Troskie, public relations officer of the Witbank CPF said that house robberies and business robberies are problematic in their area, with the field in extension 41 and extension 8.

“This is a big hiding spot after crimes were committed and police are aware of this. It is dangerous to enter this area, but it will be attended to by the police in the near future,” said Troskie.

She added that patrols are being done daily by members of the CPF and that the problems are conveyed to the chairperson of the various sectors and sub-sectors. The crime hot-spots are then identified and attended to.

For any queries or emergency, contact Madelon on 084 556 4810.

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Melissa Nel
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