Crime Update: 07 September – 20 September 2015

Parkhurst and Parktown North residents and business owners
The following includes crimes reported to us over the period.

07 September – 20 September 2015:

07 - 20 September 2015

More details relating to incidents listed above:

Parkhurst

  • The residential burglary involved the theft of a bicycle – suspects broke into a garage. The attempted incident also involved suspects breaking into a garage.
  • Property theft is where something is stolen but there isn’t a forced entry. It’s either in the public space or a gate/garage is left open. These incidents involved the theft of cellphones from 2 restaurants, and the theft of a bicycle from an open garage. The one incident resulted in an arrest of the suspect – big thanks to CORTAC for apprehending the suspect after the panic button was pushed.
  • All vehicle thefts reported were that of VW Polos while the attempted theft was of a Nissan X-Trail.
  • Theft out of motor vehicles saw a cell phone and a small amount of cash taken from the cars. In the one case it is thought that access was possibly via a neighbour’s property using a ladder.

Parktown North

  • Property theft involved the theft of a bicycle left outside a house and also the theft of a cellphone. The phone was tracked and recovered but the owner didn’t want to press charges.
  • The attempted vehicle theft was that of a VW Scirocco

Lessons learned from the above incidents:

  • Ensure garden tools and ladders are always locked away safely as they are often used to break into premises or injure victims.
  • Report ALL incidents, even attempted incidents. If SAPS aren’t aware of the incidents then they won’t know to make the area a priority for patrolling and planned operations. They also won’t be able to investigate the incident and potentially link it to other incidents in the area, resulting in arrests.
  • It might seem unnecessary opening a case if the stolen goods are recovered while in the thief’s possession but these suspects are going to continue stealing unless apprehended and arrested. We encourage residents not to let suspects go – it’s your duty to your community to open cases.
  • Close gates and garages! This might seem incredibly obvious but you will be shocked to see how many gates and garages are left open as you drive around our suburbs.
  • Report anything that doesn’t look right to CORTAC on 086 126 7822.suspicious activityParksec Cortac

Feedback from the Parkview precinct CSF meeting for August 2015

  • Vehicle-related crime is still a concern.
  • Burglaries are still an issue.
  • There weren’t many robberies in the precinct in August but Zoo Lake is a concern in this regard.
  • The number of house robberies has gone down.
  • Arrests have been made.

Tips:
Many residents have raised the issue of hawkers in the area. They harass and distract restaurant-goers and shoppers and are sometimes involved in theft. CORTAC has asked that you call their control room as soon as you see any hawkers. CORTAC will ensure they move on elsewhere.

Many gate motors have been stolen in the precinct, many of which have been Centurion D5 models. Please ensure your gate motors are secure.

SAPS and security providers are in the process of addressing the issue of vagrants in the area – both along the spruit and within our suburbs at bus shelters etc. Please continue to alert us to locations where you have seen vagrants sleeping at night – info@parksec.co.za and please refrain from providing them with clothing, blankets, food, etc as this merely encourages them to stay in our area.

As mentioned before Runners / Walkers / Cyclists need to be very careful along the spruit as they head towards Delta Park or Emmarentia as muggings do take place here. SAPS have said that muggings are still occurring at Zoo Lake at various locations around the lake itself and near the bowling greens. Please avoid taking any valuables with you. These suspects have a quick escape route onto Jan Smuts and into town so as yet, haven’t been apprehended.
Lookout:

The following vehicles have been involved in robberies in our precinct recently:

  • White Audi A4/A3
  • White Kia
  • White BMW
  • White Bantam bakkie
  • White Golf 7
  • White Corsa bakkie

Silver 3 series BMW involved in the theft of cell phones from a 4th Ave, Parkhurst restaurant.
Dark coloured Mini Cooper with white roof was involved in a motor vehicle theft in the area.
Silver Golf 7 was involved in the attempted theft of a vehicle in the area.

CORTAC are involved in SAPS weekly joint operations which, depending on the latest crime patterns in the precinct, target different areas of our precinct. If there is a specific area of concern to you, please let us know and we can ask SAPS to target the area in a future operation.

Let us know if there are any building sites in the area that you are concerned about. We can arrange a site visit by SAPS and CORTAC to make sure all the workers have the necessary paperwork and haven’t previously been involved in any criminal activity.

Follow Parksec on Twitter  and like our Facebook page for news flashes and lookout information as the information becomes available.

Please email Parksec (info@parksec.co.za) with the details of incidents that have affectedyou or other security related concerns.

Please continue to report any suspicious activity / individuals in the area so we can stop crime before it hits. Remember that aside from the CORTAC control room (086 126 7822) you can also SMS CORTAC with details of the suspicious activity (including the location) to 079 502 2750. Please save these numbers to your phone. (You don’t need to be a CORTAC subscriber to call in suspicious activity).

The SAPS sector vehicle (sector 2) responsible for Parkhurst and Parktown North can be contacted directly on 071 675 6062/3

Parkview Police Station contact numbers:

  • Switchboard: 011 486 5000
  • Ops Room: 011 486 5057/8
  • Front Desk: 011 486 5038
  • Sector Manager for Park Sector (Parkhurst and Parktown North) Constable Makhudu: 082 548 7307 or 071 675 6062 or 071 675 6063

Please report any suspicious activity by:

–    Calling CORTAC Control Centre on 0861 267 822 / 0878 030 040
–    Sending a “Please Call” message to *140*079 502 2750# (domestic workers)
–    SMS’ing details of the suspicious activity to 079 502 2750

If you would like to find out more about the Parksec security initiative, please email us on info@parksec.co.za

Keep safe and be aware!

The Parksec Committee
www.parksec.co.za

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