Crime hotspots in Centurion

Centurion is experiencing a surge in crime, Copwatch security services has said.

Copwatch CEO Bertus Myburgh said crime in Centurion was at an absolute high and no suburb was immune.

“We as crime fighters – CPF, other security companies and the SAPS – are running around day and night with the community to try and prevent or discover preventative measurements to stop or at least minimise the criminal impact on our community.”

Myburgh said house break-ins and theft, house robberies – where domestic workers were targeted and tied up – and armed robberies, both residential and commercial, were on the rise.

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He said there had been a few smash and grab incidents in End Street, Clubview, in the past two weeks.

He said his officers regularly patrolled the following smash and grab hotspots:

– End and Witstinkhout Street, Hennopspark

– Migmatite and Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Zwartkop

– Lenchen and Michiel Street, Zwartkop

– Rooihuiskraal Road over the N14 bridge

– Jean Avenue and N14 on and off-ramp

He said smash and grabs were prevalent between 06:30 and 08:00 and 16:30 and 18:00.

“When vehicles are queuing and have a strong possibility of high valuables inside, then they are being targeted.”

“Most of the time the hotspots are near a veld or easy getaway possibilities.”

He said theft of motor vehicles had risen in the last two months, especially of Toyota Hiluxes, VW Polos and Toyota Fortuners.

He warned that thieves were using remote jamming devices to steal items from vehicles parked at shopping centres.

“The jamming device will prevent the vehicle from locking when the owner presses the remote.”

“Then criminals can just open the door and take whatever valuables they want.”

He said motorists often left laptops, cellphones and cameras in parked vehicles.

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Myburgh said armed robberies and dog poisonings were other problems Centurion was battling.

He said residents returning from making large withdrawals from the bank were often followed home and ambushed.

“People must make sure they are not being followed.”

“If they are being followed, they should call the SAPS or go straight to the nearest police station.”

He recommended the following safety tips:

– Make sure you know your neighbours

– Communicate regularly with the neighbours

– Be part of a crime fighting community such as the CPF

– Sign up with a reputable security service with a good working relationship with the local SAPS

– Test your security system regularly

– Regularly assess your security risks and make the necessary adjustments

– Ensure you are not distracted during your drive by putting your cellphone away and switching off your car radio so you can focus all your attention on your surroundings

– If you spot something suspicious, report it to your local SAPS or security company

– Ensure your residence is well lit and clearly numbered

– Create a safety plan for your household and ensure your family is well versed on the procedure to follow in case something happens

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