AfriForum’s Walker Drive neighbourhood watch catches cable thief

AfriForum’s Walker Drive neighbourhood watch in Gqeberha caught and arrested a copper cable thief in the act on 10 November. This follows after an AfriForum neighbourhood watch member noticed an individual pulling cables from a power box in Kabega Road.

The suspect was arrested and handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS). Atlas Security provided assistance until the SAPS arrived on the scene.

“As a result of the neighbourhood watch member’s attentiveness, close observation and quick action, the suspect was successfully arrested. The community is the eyes and ears in a neighbourhood and therefore community involvement at a neighbourhood watch is of extreme importance. We urgently appeal to the community to contact their local AfriForum neighbourhood watch to aid in incidents like these where crime can be prevented with the help of the community,” explains Hannes Oosthuizen, neighbourhood watch leader at AfriForum’s Walker Drive neighbourhood watch.

“We simply cannot allow important infrastructure to be torn down and carried away. Cable theft causes great damage and losses, not only to municipalities, but also to businesses and residents. The police cannot fight crime alone. That is why we want to encourage residents to join the neighbourhood watch so that crime can be combated effectively,” says Wikus van der Walt, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Greater Eastern Cape.

Get involved with your local neighbourhood watch today.

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