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Port Elizabeth residents and businesses warned after home invasion and robbery

Dec 20, 2018
Port Elizabeth residents and businesses warned after home invasion and robbery

Police in the Mount Road SAPS Cluster are urging residents, businesses and holidaymakers to be security conscious this festive season.

"The appeal is made after cases of robberies - both house and businesses, were reported in this week where large amounts of cash was taken from business premises and personal items taken from homes," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The latest incident of house robbery occurred in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, on Thursday morning, when at about 03:00am,  two teenagers were surprised by three unknown men in their house.

"The men entered the bedroom through an open window and threatened them with knives."

She said that a TV set, laptop, cell phones and personal items were taken.

"The other occupants in the house were not disturbed at all."

According to the complainants, the windows were left open because of the heat.

Port Elizabeth business robbed of large amount of cash

In another incident, a business in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, was robbed early in the week by unknown men.

"A large amount of cash was taken," Col Naidu said.

"Police have revealed that during this time of the year, property crimes such as housebreaking and theft as well as Trio crimes, which include, house and business robberies as well as vehicle hijackings tend to increase.

"During this time, criminals will be on the prowl looking for an opportunity to rob and steal."

Police are urging homeowners, visitors and businesses to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions in safeguarding their property and possessions.

"Do not leave doors and windows open at night. Business owners to take note of suspicious or idol people outside your premises during opening and closing times. Do not ignore your instincts. Do not follow routine in relation to cashing up and banking of cash on your premises," Col Naidu said.

"Empty cash tills as frequently as possible and never leave large amounts of money in the safe overnight. It has been noted that businesses are robbed either during closing times or during opening times because criminals suspect that cash is on the premises.

"By taking heed of these proactive tips, one can avoid a crime from taking place. Let us work together in ensuring a safer festive season."

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