Bluff street patrols bring burglaries down

Supervisor and Reaction Unit Officer Mr. Nico Karstens joined in one the patrols with the Brighton Beach SAPS

STREET patrols surged in Clairwood and the Bluff, with police keeping a beady eye on more than 100 roads in the Brighton Beach SAPS jursidictional area recently. Some 57 streets in Clairwood and 53 Bluff roads were patrolled by Brighton Beach SAPS’ media monitoring department and Fidelity-ADT Security during an awareness campaign which highlighted housebreaking prevention measures in these areas.
“The aim was to minimise the recurrence of housebreakings in streets which were red-flagged according to our crime threat pattern analysing (CTPA) for housebreaking within the past three months. Foot beat operations within the identified streets and the delivery of flyers into post boxes, onto fences and gates created awareness about minimising the risks of falling prey to burglaries and home invasions,” said Brighton Beach SAPS spokeman, Capt Louise Le Roux.

READ: Brighton Beach SAPS places the spotlight on robberies
The project endured for a fortnight from 22 May to 5 June. There were no recurrences of housebreakings within the Clairwood during this two-week period, and only two reccurred within the Bluff area, one of which was in Fynnlands and another in the Grosvenor area.
“Some 3,667 home owners were engaged during the foot beat operations. The operations and high visibility daily operations resulted in a stable outcome,” added Cpt Le Roux.
While on foot patrol, it was noted that some homes’ front doors and gates were left open. On investigation, police found domestic workers had failed to secure the premises while they were inside or in the back yard. Garage doors were also found open, with unlocked vehicles parked within and valuable items left in plain sight. Police noticed that several homes’ toilet and bathroom windows were left open while home owners were away. They urge home owners to ensure their homes are always secure.

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