Over the past week, the SAPS has found itself combating an array of crimes in town.
On May 11, Utrecht Stock Theft Unit officers arrested one man for an incident of stock theft which occurred in Standerton. Constables Sphiwe Ndabinde, Lungile Ndaba and Mthimkhulu Hadebe recovered the six stolen cattle in Ballengeich Farm. “The officers did an excellent job, as stock theft is a challenge in the Amajuba Cluster,” claims Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Captain Jabulani Ncube.
Following the arrest, a case of copper theft was reported to the SAPS. Captain Ncube claims copper brass plates were stolen from Arcelor Mittal. To date, no suspects have been reported. Copper pipes were also stolen from a house in Arbor Park on May 10.
In a separate incident, a man was robbed by three men while he was walking past McDonalds.
According to Captain Ncube, the incident took place on May 9. The three suspects apparently threatened the victim with a knife, before fleeing with cash and his belongings. The suspects are still at large.
On the same day, a woman was riding her bicycle along the Vulintaba Road, when she was accosted by two men. The two perpetrators came from the taxi rank. They allegedly hit her, resulting that she fell of her bicycle. They then stole her belongings before fleeing.
In another incident, a man was arrested for theft on May 8. The victim reported he went to purchase building material from a business in Voortrekker Road. After the transaction, he realised his money had been stolen. He immediately reported the matter and the suspect was apprehended.
Further investigations into the matters are all underway.
In order to minimise being targeted by crime, Captain Ncube has submitted safety tips.
- Be crime conscious, be aware of crime opportunities at all times.
- Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
- Know all emergency numbers.
- Trust your instincts.
- Avoid talking to strangers.
- Avoid going onto a congested street where you cannot even walk properly. Pick pocketing occurs more often on a busy street.
- Avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them.
- Walk in well-lit busy streets and in a group, if possible.
- Keep your cellular phone away from the public eye.
- Never leave your bag or purse in your trolley. No matter how well hidden by goods.
- Never leave your bag or wallet unattended on a shop counter, not even momentarily. Remember, that is when thieves pounce.
- Beware of pickpockets and never keep your wallet in your back pocket.
- Hold your bag tightly