Thieves posing as prospective parents at East Rand nursery schools 

Thieves posing as prospective parents at East Rand nursery schools 

Nursery school teachers have been warned to lock away all valuables as a disturbing new crime trend looms. Image: iStock

Fidelity ADT has warned nursery school staff of a disturbing trend that has begun to emerge, where thieves pose as parents.

Nursery schools are advised to be vigilant of thieves posing as interested parents who want to register their children at the school, reports Alberton Record.

Fidelity ADT alerted all nursery schools to be aware of two females, one male and two children who target schools mostly in Edenvale, pretending to be interested parents.

Renee Basson, a community development manager at Fidelity ADT, said the suspects arrived at the schools under false pretences.

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“At their arrival, they say they want to register their child at the school, and while they keep the staff busy, the children then steal cellphones and other valuables.

“If you suspect this is going on, please do not confront the suspects, but call 10111, as well as your security company. Please do not leave the visiting children unattended. Rather assign a teacher or member of staff to keep them entertained. Lock away handbags and cellphones as well as petty cash boxes. If possible, look for identifying features of the suspects so a full description can be done afterwards and try to get a vehicle registration and description of the car,” she said.

In an update to the release, the company stated that these incidents had spread to the Alberton area. However, Alberton SAPS have not been made aware of similar cases.

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