PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Crime fighters believe a syndicate could be behind the sudden spate of home burglaries in Plettenberg Bay over the past few weeks.
The latest occurred last week Friday 6 September, when three burglaries were reported in one night.
Plett Watch's Lisa Nagel said one of the incidents happened in the Longships and Cutty Sark areas and two took place between 18:00 and 22:00. "In both these cases the residents had just left before the incidents. Both properties were ransacked and doors were broken off cupboards," Nagel said.
Among the items stolen were cash, jewellery and electronic equipment.
"It would appear that most of these crimes occur because the homes and the residents' movements are being watched all the time."
Nagel said it is therefore important to be "extra vigilant" of people walking the streets. "Also check to see where they disappear to as they walk down the road. Please take note of your surroundings at all times and report any suspicious activity immediately."
Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) operations head Otto Olivier said there was a definite increase in burglaries in Plettenberg Bay. "There is a crime syndicate active in our town that specialises in gaining access through roofs and disarming alarm systems," Olivier said.
He added that it is essential to advise the PBCPA 24/7 control room of any suspicious or unusual movements by people or vehicles anywhere in the town's areas. "The PBCPA WhatsApp groups are monitored by our control room." To get connected with the group, residents need to send their name and address to 083 271 1142.
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