A resident of Pringle Bay and client of ASK Security suffered a burglary one evening, but this resident had enough of being a victim. While asleep, he heard a rumbling noise from within the house, getting up and being cautious he noted that he is being robbed, he contacted the local ASK Security Office, from where the Pringle Bay Response was dispatched. On arrival, the Response Officer noted that the thieves gained access through a bedroom window and managed to flee the scene with jewelry, cash, watches, and further unknown items.
The owner and local response officer went out on a manhunt, to try and find these thieves, the owner came across four suspicious males walking along the R44 in the direction of Betty’s Bay. He contacted the SAPS in Kleinmond and the ASK Security Officer in Pringle Bay, SAPS then contacted the ASK Security Officer in Betty’s Bay, informing them of the incident and asking for assistance.
With good teamwork between the Pringle Bay Response Officer and the Betty’s Bay Response Officer, they managed to corner the four male suspects along the R44 and place them under arrest, while awaiting further support from SAPS Kleinmond. The four male suspects were taken into custody by the SAPS, unfortunately, no stolen items were recovered, but the four suspects all carried the common break-in tools used. A case has been opened and the suspects have appeared in court, the case is under investigation, to determine if they are the suspects pertaining to the above incident, where the stolen items are and if anyone else was involved.
Through good communication from all parties concerned, a breakthrough was achieved. We encourage members of the public, clients, anyone to report suspicious activity to our local control room at 028 271 3116, so that we can act immediately.
Decrease in the crime
In comparison to October of this year, there has been a drop in the crime experienced in most areas except for Pringle Bay, which has remained relatively unchanged.
The trend last month was the sabotaging of Eskom power boxes in the Pringle Bay area specifically, and with the changes in our security procedures, we managed to attend to these situations speedily which ultimately resulted in the apprehension of four male suspects along Clarence Drive, on the outskirts of Pringle Bay. The four suspects were believed to have been involved in crime in the Pringle Bay area and were in the possession of a backpack with a variety of small handheld tools. The police were called out and the suspects were taken into custody. Unfortunately, there are still instances of the “window gang” removing window panes and stealing items from unsuspecting homeowners/tenants who do not arm their alarm systems.
In the Betty’s Bay area, the criminals have on occasion targeted homes with alarms armed as the first burglary is merely to assess the contents of the home for valuables with either no theft or minimal theft taking place. The criminal would then return a second time, more determined and would then target the more valuable items as he would already have a basic knowledge of the structure of the house and where the valuables are. However, we have experienced a significant drop in the rate of house burglaries in Betty’s Bay. There was also a fire experienced in Betty’s Bay in Clarence Drive amongst the bushes and the local firefighting team did a marvelous job of extinguishing the flames and stopped the fire from getting out of hand.
Although we experienced no house burglaries in the Kleinmond area, there were a few incidents of theft reported, namely that of gas bottles and copper pipes. Rooi Els experienced no crime for the month. As the festive season approaches, with the influx of visitors in the local towns, we advise that people should be more vigilant, as there will be more opportunists at this time of the year.
Also, just a reminder to homeowners to have their old alarm back up batteries replaced especially as Eskom has now implemented load shedding and it is always a possibility that criminals could target homes during these vulnerable times.
This is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your specialist for specific and detailed advice. (E&OE)