LEPHALALE — There is currently a surge in house burglaries in Lephalale and the police are urging the community to be more alert and vigilant. According to W.O. Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, areas that are especially targeted are Tarentaal Street, George Avgos Ave and the whole area on the left of Nelson Mandela Road up to Onverwacht.
Mokoena says that residents still seem to be oblivious to the fact that crime is a reality and that they have to do their part in preventing it. He says the police did patrols over the weekend of 27 February when they came across a resident who pulled out of his driveway and drove away leaving the gate and garage open. The police managed to stop and ask him if he was aware that he had left everything open.
He replied that he was not going to be away for long. “That is what people think, they think they are untouchable” says Mokoena.
He urged the community on behalf of Lephalale SAPS to be vigilant. “Do not leave your windows open at night if valuable items are within reach of the criminals. If you leave your window open and your jewellery and cell phone are visible and within reach from the outside, you have to take the consequences” he concludes.
“House break-ins are our most critical type of crime at the moment with five suspects arrested for break-ins over the past weekend” Mokoena says. Other arrests made included four suspects for assault GBH, three suspects for common assault, four suspects for malicious damage to property, six suspects for drinking in public and two for driving without a driver’s licence.