Police have issued a caution about a group of men claiming to be from a pest control company, going around knocking on doors with the intention of robbing occupants, particularly the elderly, in the Tongaat area of KwaZulu-Natal.
Tongaat police spokesperson Warrant Officer Manisha Mari said the men, claiming to be from a pest control company in Phoenix, are going door-to-door offering their services, North Coast Courier reported.
“They tell residents that they can get a free pest eradication service as ‘it’s free’ for the first time. They also ask the residents to wait outside the house – while they ‘work’ inside – so that the chemicals would not affect [the occupants],” said Mari.
“Luckily one resident went into her house and noticed that one of the guys was standing in front of her cupboard and her purse was on the bed.
“She screamed, which alerted the next-door neighbour and at the same time the thieves all fled,” added Mari.
Mari said police are investigating two cases of theft in the area.
Police said residents have the right to refuse suspicious people entry to their properties, refuse a service offered and check people’s credentials.
– Caxton News Service