Roodeport police, on the West Rand, have issued a stern warning to residents about a new method devised by criminals to get past electric gates.
This after between 50 and a 100 residents of Wilro Park and Roodekrans awoke to the strange phenomenon on Wednesday, Roodepoort Record reported.
They found their electric gates all standing wide open and alarms going off.
According to Andreas Oberlechner from Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch (RNW), he and his patrollers had their hands full throughout the night, attending to one case after the other.
It is believed the culprits have a frequency scanner with which they open the gates and set off the alarms.
Oberlechner said at this stage the frequency scanner theory is the most plausible.
Roodepoort police spokesperson Nonhlanhla Khumalo said she was unaware of this new trend but did say the theft of gate motors had spiralled out of control in Roodepoort.
– Caxton News Service