Residents urged to keep valuables out of sight

Ben Daza, deputy secretary, André Anderson, a member of Sector 2, Eddie Williams, deputy liaison officer, Charlene Morris, chairperson of Sector 2 Crime Forum, Captain David Malong, Strandfontein SAPS, and Latasha Greenwood, secretary for Sector 2 Crime Forum.

Women are being targeted on their way to and from work and cellphones are high on the list of items being stolen during robberies.

This was revealed at a packed Strandfontein Sector 2 Imbizo meeting held at the Nazarene Church in Strandfontein on Thursday July 4.

Sector 2 includes Bayview, San Remo, 7de Laan, Masincedane Informal Settlement and City Mission.

Charlene Morris, chairperson of the Sector 2 Crime Forum and captain of the San Remo Block Watch, said people walking with their cellphones visible were prime targets for criminals.

“I have found many young people are doing this, especially when they are on their way to school,” she said.

“Criminals are targeting this area as this area is moderately quiet and accessible. During patrolling I have seen curtains open, making the personal belongings visible from outside. Criminals will circulate at the houses they know to be accessible to them,” she added.

Ms Morris said recently shops had been robbed and that they were liaising with spaza shops which remained open until 10pm, to consider closing at 8pm instead.

The meeting heard that, around 7.50pm on Friday June 28, the OK store on the corner of Spine and Birkenhead street in Bayview, had been robbed. Just before the store closed at 8pm, nine men with hand guns entered the store, making off with cash and injuring a staff member.

No arrests have been made and police are calling on anyone with information to call Sergeant Andre Stevens on 021 3701515/00.

Ms Morris urged the community to work with police and the safety structures in the community, emphasising that block watches were trying to maintain high visibility.

However, she added: “Fewer people are patrolling with us as it is winter and it gets dark earlier.”

You can contact Ms Morris at 061 824 0511 or Latasha Greenwood, secretary of the Sector 2 Crime Forum at 084 544 0320.