09 July 2019: A Nissan bakkie was stolen out of the yard in Molopo Ave.
11 July 2019: A burglar stole a motorbike plus 8 rims plus two bakkies from a residence in Kiaat Street (?)
14 July 2019: Detection beams were stolen from a residence in Sonja Street sometime before 21:30.
15 July 2019: Detection beams were also taken in Letaba Ave at 02:30.
17 July 2019: An attempted burglary took place in Limpopo Ave at 04:00. The resident had provided a comprehensive report so that we can all learn from their unfortunate experience. Apparently, the suspect crawled under the outside beams as no alarm went off. The resident was awakened when the burglar broke the burglar bars on a kitchen window left open to facilitate ventilation. The resident confronted the burglar who took the easy way out and left without taking anything.
18 July 2019 A lady was mugged while crossing the Karin Street bridge. The suspect fled down the spruit after taking a bag containing a laptop.
19 July 2019 Detection beams stolen in Selbourne Ave (Outside our area of concern).
Conclusion There is a market for beams out there right now. Perhaps the market has been saturated with stolen TVs and the new owners now need to prevent them from being stolen again; so, detection beams are in demand.
NIGHT-TIME INTRUDER SOP
Many years ago, just after the DNW started, a resident rushed to the aid of a neighbour who was suspected of either suffering a stroke or heart attack as he was not responding to his son’s call from the gate. As the resident rushed out of his property, robbers were seen jumped the fence at the back of the victim’s property into the street. As the two parties came out onto the street and faced each other, the robbers fired two shots at the resident who luckily escaped unhurt. The resident immediately retreated while the robbers fled down the road. Alerted by the shots, members of the DNW soon arrived on the scene followed by SAPS.
As a result of this action, that is, where residents rush blindly to the scene of a suspected crime, the DNW leadership at the time formulated an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). And this SOP remains in force today.
Any resident who is the victim of a crime (or suspects that he/she is the victim of a crime) must call in immediately on the radio, giving their address. Residents who respond (and that is all those who live close by) do not rush directly to the scene of the crime but set up a perimeter around the block in which the crime is/has occurred. Remember, the suspect(s) will not readily jump into the street as this is where the DNW residents are mobilizing, but jump walls into adjoining properties and hide there. Once the suspect(s) are boxed in, the on-site coordinator organises a planned search of all the properties. Should someone on the perimeter observe a suspect jumping into the street, crossing over to the other side, he calls this in on the radio and the on-site coordinator then shifts the perimeter and re-organises the property searches.
The lesson learned over the years is that once we conducted this systematic closing-off of the block followed by property searches we more often than not caught the suspects. Indeed, once we got into top gear we stopped all night-time wall-jumping for almost five years.
Remember too that any delay in reporting a suspect on your property delays our response and allows the criminal to escape. Once the criminals realise that there is a time delay sufficient to escape they become more brazen.
SO, LET’S DO IT AGAIN! CALL IT IN IMMEDIATELY