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Two thieves’ dreams of escaping with their morning’s haul were short-lived, due to the diligence of Newcastle SAPS and Newcastle K9 Unit.
Earlier today, 12 November 2020, the two men broke into a home situated in Rider Haggard Avenue, Pioneer Park. They stole several items, which included clothing, a large flat-screen television and even a wheelbarrow.
Not wanting to be seen by neighbours, the men hid the items under cover of a nearby bush—It was then that things went desperately wrong for the two burglars.
According to a police source, the two criminals were spotted by the homeowners, and a chase then ensued on foot, with one of the suspects managing to escape. Seeing Lady Luck lean on the side of justice, as the second suspect was trying to escape, running towards the taxi rank, two police officers on patrol saw the man fleeing from his pursuers.
When stopping the pursuers, the police found out what happened. They then gave chase and managed to apprehend the suspect, who was found with two knives on his possession.
The SAPS then took him back to the scene of the crime, whereby the perpetrator proceeded to show the officers where the stolen items were hidden. Now with the wheels of justice in motion, things took an even more bizarre turn. The police managed to persuade the suspect to phone his partner to establish where he was. A meeting was arranged between them, only for the first suspect to find the police waiting for him with open handcuffs.
While the two men are now set to face the consequences of their actions, Newcastillians are urged to be alert.
Newcastle SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Officer, Lizzy Arumugam points out, “House breakings are taking place in all areas of Newcastle. Due to them being scattered, people need to start being vigilant.”
Moreover, with the festive season approaching at a rapid pace and mass job losses, Arumugam adds that one needs to prepare themselves against any form of criminal attack.
Tips for Newcastillian, Arumugam says, include the following:
- Do not leave your home’s windows, doors or garages open.
- Never leave any keys in the gate or lock, or under the mat, pot plant or in the post box.
- Do not leave expensive or attractive items lying around the garden.
- Keep cash and valuables in banks or safes.
- Put house lights on when out late, as good lighting can deter a thief.
- Install a burglar alarm and test it regularly.
- Keep your cellphone in the bedroom.
- Remember outside lights that are on during the day draw the attention of thieves.
- Mail left in the gate is also a high sign that nobody is home. Get a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property and remove mail.
- Never open the door automatically when the doorbell rings or if someone knocks. Make sure the person wanting to enter is expected.
- Be on the lookout for persons loitering at the entrance, vehicles stopping when you slow down or anything unusual at your home.
Arumugam says it is essential to point out, that thieves have on occasion been known to pose as police members. You can identify a police member in the following ways:
- Police officers must carry an identification card stating their name, rank, service number and photograph.
- If in uniform, the officer will wear a nameplate on the badge, as well as epaulettes indicating rank.
- Officers may also be requested to identify themselves with their identification cards (known as appointment certificates in the SAPS).
Be sure to follow these simple steps and keep you and your family safe this coming holiday season.
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