Over lock down our suburb has experienced hardly any crime or suspicious incidents.  There have been some incidents of gate lifting which will be discussed at the end of this email.

With the restrictions placed on the movement of people there has been a decrease in crime in many areas.  The Committee feels that as restrictions are removed and individuals have more freedom of movement we can expect an increase in crime across our country.  Criminals have had their movement constrained during lock down.  There are estimates of up to 2 million newly unemployed people.  A quarter of South Africans don’t have money to buy food.  There are now many desperate people in our country. We can expect a crime wave over the next few months and we ask that all residents be extra cautious when entering or leaving their homes and when moving around anywhere in South Africa.  Please check your personal security and make sure it is sufficient and all in order.  It is of utmost importance that everyone takes this warning seriously.  We may have become complacent during lock down and we all need to ensure we are doing whatever we can to protect ourselves and our homes.
Mamba has confirmed the thinking of the Committee on this matter.  They say that crime dropped at the start of the lock down but is now starting to increase.  They have seen several incidents of break-ins where only food was stolen.
In the early hours of 28th April a gate was lifted in du Plessis Street and a garage door opened.  Nothing was stolen. CCTV revealed that it was a single white male on foot.  He walked west down du Plessis crossing from house to house checking the gates of each home.  Unfortunately we could not get a close up of his face.  If you live in this vicinity and have CCTV please can you check your cameras for 28th April around 02:50.  Chances are good that he walked up to your gate.  If you find anything please can you email the pictures to us?
Regards
ESRC

Remember to always maintain a high level of awareness, especially when you are leaving or entering your home/driveway.  Please tell your family and domestic workers to also be on the lookout.  Report all suspicious behaviour to Mamba control room (tel number below) and warn the residents using the Mamba Whatsapp Security Group.
Regards,
The Edenglen South Road Closure Committee
Committee: Dave Lones, Diana Gowans, Daniel Cerbone, Kevin Kent, Jeffrey Macer-Wright
Emergency – Mamba (011 609 0227)
SAPS Sector 3 vehicle 071 675 6841 (this number is also used for Sector 1, Sector 2 and Sector 4 can be contacted on 071 675 6844)
Mamba Whatsapp Security Group – to join contact Mamba or SMS your name and address to 083 300 2975.
The Closure Committee Whatsapp number is 064 060 8762 – note that this is not an emergency number, no calls will be taken, only Whatsapp messages.
www.edenglensouthclosure.co.za – Our official web site, all past newsletters are posted here.
www.edenglensrc.blogspot.com – Community notice board. Do not post crime reports or closure operational issues here rather use our email for this.
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