Blue Security managing director Darryn le Grange said housebreakers had targeted homes in broad daylight, mostly in mid-morning and afternoon when it was unlikely anyone would be at home, and one resident had come face-to-face with a burglar. “An armed robber held up a resident at knifepoint in his garage in Anna Scheepers Road in Shulton Park after entering through a sliding door. Fortunately, the resident was not harmed,” said Le Grange.
The robber fled over a fence with a television, brush cutter and tools. The incident was reported to Amanzimtoti SA Police Service.
Le Grange said housebreaking incidents and thefts were reported in Rockview Road, Royston Road, Dan Pienaar Road, Cato Crescent, Kingsley Terrace and Entombeni Road in Amanzimtoti; Queens Terrace and Seadoone Road in Doonside; and Elizabeth Avenue in Illovo Beach.
“Housebreakers gained entry to the properties by breaking or forcing open windows and cutting burglar bars.”
Items stolen included three laptops, an extension lead, three televisions, a handbag, jewellery, a portable charger, five pairs of shoes and a fridge.
“In Isundu Road, housebreakers cut a hole in the fence of a property in the early hours of the morning, before forcing open a window and burglar bars to steal a laptop.”
Le Grange also cautioned garage managers and staff to be vigilant after a motorist driving a VW Citi Golf filled up with petrol at a garage in Doonside and fled without paying.
“We urge residents and business owners to be vigilant, as crime moves in cycles through the suburbs of the city. By being vigilant we can stop crimes before they are committed.”