Mourners robbed at cemetery - Port Elizabeth police urge public to be vigilant

FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Mourners robbed at cemetery - Port Elizabeth police urge public to be vigilant

Police in Port Elizabeth would like to warn mourners and those, who visit local grave sites, to be extra cautious and vigilant of their surroundings.

This warning comes in the wake of several reports received whereby people are robbed at the Forest Hills cemetery in Humewood.

"Since January, at least four robberies occurred at the cemetery," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu. 

"The victims are mainly women, usually alone or in two’s. The robbers threaten them with knives and accompany them to their vehicles where they are robbed of their personal belongings. This takes place at any time during the day."

She has advised mourners not to visit alone and if possible to be accompanied by a male.

"The area is quiet and the robbers lie in wait for their victims. There is also a thoroughfare through the cemetery, which is often used by pedestrians and joggers.

"Visitors are also advised not to wear expensive jewellery and carry valuable items on their visits," Colonel Naidu said.

"If suspicious people are seen approaching you while at a grave site, try and make a hasty retreat or attract attention of other people if they are around.

"Criminals have no boundaries and in most cases the vulnerable are easy targets. Let us be proactive, alert and take note of these hints in order to enhance your personal safety."