Crime hot spots and trends in our area PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:47
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Crime hot spots and trends in the Bronberg area were recently revealed. Boschkop SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col van Rensburg, let the cat out of the bag during the Community Policing Forum’s meeting held on 22 November.

Armed robbery and hi-jacking along the old Bronkhorstspruit Road (R104) has increased over the past few months. Reports of people seemingly in distress trying to stop passing motorists have been reported, but when immediately investigated, nothing has been found.

Dense bush along the R104 makes concealment and escape easy for criminals. Do not stop unless you know the person. Rather contact the SAPS, a security company or community reaction team.

Smash-and-grab: The N4 east off-ramp at Hans Strijdom Drive (Soloman Mahlangu Drive), had a number of incidents earlier this year, and the corner of Von Backström Boulevard and Solomon Mahlangu Drive had more recent incidents.


Watch out for smash-and-grab criminals at the corner of Von Backström Boulevard and Hans Strijdom Drive

Incidents at the Stop-and-Go traffic control spots along the R104, Pretoria/Bronkhorstspruit Road have increased. These mostly occur at night through the passenger side windows with vehicles where the driver is alone in the car. Laptops, cell phones and handbags are stolen.

Theft out of motor vehicles at shopping centre car parks: Mainly laptops are stolen. There mostly is no evidence of forced entry, which indicates the use of remote control override, known as car jamming.
Car jamming involves blocking car remotes by using another remote that operates on the same frequency. Criminals prevent the locking action of the car from being activated. Victims think that their cars are locked and walk away.

Make sure you see the flashing lights or hear the beep of your alarm system and the sound of your doors locking. Physically check your doors and boot. Valuables should be kept in your boot and out of sight. Many insurance policies will not pay out claims if there are no signs of forcible entry.

Theft of motor vehicles from car parks, residential streets, school and church gatherings: Although the number of thefts during recent months has been low, 2012 saw a high number of incidents, with Toyota bakkies and 4x4’s the most sought after in the greater Pretoria area.

Residential burglary has been an ongoing high priority concern throughout the year, although the number of incidents over the last few months has decreased. We will probably see an increase over the holiday season.

Most incidents within security complexes occur during daylight hours and show no signs of forced entry into the complex. Criminals may live in the complex and therefore have access, time and opportunity to observe household patterns. Secure your home; high walls and electric fences around a complex do not protect you from those within.

Dog poisoning incidents occurred sporadically throughout the year.

Copper cable theft (Telkom and electric Tshwane or Eskom cables) still remains a problem in the rural areas. Copper prices are at a peak, so the trend will probably continue. Plot and farm owners are encouraged to protect their supply cables where possible. Double check that power outages are general and not isolated to your supply only. It takes a very short time to chop out a cable between an overhead transformer and the ground, but it can take days to have it replaced

Holidays: Know your neighbours and ask them to be extra vigilant when you are away. Securely lock away keys when you are not home and ensure that your property is sign posted, especially in the rural areas, for easy recognition during an incident.

Evidence shows that serious crime offenders come from outside our area – from Thembisa, Kwa Mahlangu, Mamelodi, Temba and Soshanguve. Criminals first observe before committing a crime. Talk to your staff and report suspicious persons, activity and loitering.

Report fence cutting: Boschkop SAPS has a Fence Cutting Register to understand rural crime trends. You may also open a case of damage to property should you wish.
Mark fences droppers and Y-standards for recognition when stolen. Regular inspections at scrap metal dealers show numbers of non-recognizable fencing material. If you can’t identify your goods, a court will not prosecute.

Register on the Boschkop CPF website, www.boschkop.co.za, to be informed of future public meetings and crime trends. Get involved in your Sector Crime Forum and Neighbourhood Watch group. Get to know your SAPS Sector Commander.

Lt Col van Rensburg, Station Commander Boschkop SAPS, invites members of the public to contact him directly if they feel problems are not being resolved.

Contact numbers for SAPS Boschkop
Boschkop SAPS Premicell number: 082 557 6996. This line does not go through the station switchboard and cannot be transferred.

Boschkop SAPS landline: 012-802-0909 / 012-802-8200. Problems have been experienced with these lines during and after bad weather.

Boschkop SAPS e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

National Emergency Service Number: 10111. Ask for a reference number when reporting; this will help if any follow-up is necessary.

Other Useful Numbers
Abuse of State Resources: 012-393-3077/393-3395
Against Corruption Together (ACT): 0800-701-701
Independent Complaints Directorate: 011-220-1500, fax: 011-333-2705; www.icd.gov.za
10111 Complaints: fax: 011-357-1039
Crime line: sms: 32211 or www.crimeline.co.za

Boschkop SAPS and CPF would like to wish everyone a crime-free festive season. Thanks to all who make it happen and keep up the good work.

 

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