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Cambridge police report a spike in gate-motor theft, warn residents

Sep 11, 2018
Cambridge police report a spike in gate-motor theft, warn residents

Police in East London say they have noted with concern the spike on theft of gate-motors in parts of the Cambridge policing precinct.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Nkosikho Mzuku, police would want to believe that there are people perpetrating this spate of property theft.

"It is also our responsibility to educate the members of the community to practice proactive measures to prevent this crime.

"We further urge our partners against crime like, private security companies, neighborhood watches and community police forum members to assist us during their patrols," he said.

"They need to be extra cautious as the theft of gate-motors also has a potential to leave homes vulnerable to other elements of crime.

"We have intensified our patrols and visibility in the affected areas. We appeal to the members of the public not to buy these stolen gate-motors. Registered second hand goods dealers must exercise caution and observe compliance when buying gate-motors and any other second hand goods as non compliance is punishable by law."

Capt Mzuku urged residents not to buy these second hand gate-motors.

"Instead let's report such conduct to the nearest police station. Buying stolen property creates a market for crime and constitutes a criminal offence that is punishable by the State," he added.

"Police will arrest the buyers and sellers of stolen goods.

"Any person with information about the perpetrators of this crime to contact the Cambridge police station at 043 709 7500 or Crime Stop number on 0860010111."