There was a hold up at the Erasmus/Palliser boom of the North Closure, today at lunch time.

As a lady was entering the boom she and the guard were held up.   The criminals made off with her handbag which contained cash and a cellphone. If you are going to draw cash please be aware of what is going on around you. Criminals station look outs at the bank and ATMs. We have received several reports from other closures about people being followed from banks and robbed outside or inside the closure.  We have alerted our residents about this type of crime on several occasions.
The North Closure has drawn photos but as the criminals’ vehicle did not enter their closure they don’t have a registration number and photos of the individuals.   There were 3 males and the vehicle they used was a gray/silver 3 series BMW.  There were no injuries.
We have received some questions from residents regards this incident and will include everyone in the responses.
Are the closures working? – the Committee has always been upfront with residents in saying that a closure is not a 100% guarantee that we will experience no crime.  We always urge residents to exercise caution and check their personal security wherever they go in South Africa and never become complacent.
In the 7 months (not a full year of stats and does not include the North closure) before we closed there were 2 murders, 26 hijackings, 18 home invasions and 115 incidents of theft from homes and vehicles.  Since the closure was implemented we are nowhere near these figures.  Since Mamba came on board 7 years ago we have averaged 4 incidents of serious crimes a year.  There is no doubt that the enclosure has prevented many families from experiencing the trauma of violent crime but we all need to be constantly on the alert. Crime rates outside boomed areas is significantly higher – as our stats above show.  Having restricted  entrances creates a lot of uncertainty for criminals in terms of escape routes.  Imagine how it would be to go to bed at night and there were no booms or gates in our suburb?
Why is the guard not armed?  – if this was the case today the criminals would now have an extra weapon. The guard is not armed so he does not become a target.  We also do not want a shoot out at the booms where residents are more likely to be present and possibly wounded.
Why don’t we close the gates when there is an incident – the best case scenario is the criminals smash their stolen vehicle through a closed gate.  The worst case is that there is a queue of cars waiting to get out (this is more than likely to happen), the criminals will abandon their car and go to the car at the front and hopefully not shoot the driver, steal this vehicle and smash it through the gates.  Closing the gates would put many more residents at risk than leaving them open,
I don’t feel safe at the booms – this is understandable but if there were no booms or gates our crime rate would be back at the levels before we closed.  If there were no booms then you would be a target at your gate, entrance to your work, shops, entrances to secure estates, office parks etc. Crime is everywhere in South Africa even the police and metro are not safe with numerous incidents of them being held up and their firearms stolen. In all the years of the closure this is the first incident we can recall at a boom.
Where is the boundary between the North and South closure?  – the boundary is Erasmus Rd.  All homes with an entrance into Erasmus Rd. are part of the North closure.

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 and/or @ESRCAlert.
The Edenglen South Road Closure Committee
Committee: Dave Lones, James Taylor, 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.
Twitter – report any suspicious activity or crime in progress by including the word @ESRCAlert in your tweet or send a direct message to @ESRCAlert.  Make sure you are following @ESRCAlert to receive any crime related messages. – Our official web site, all past newsletters are posted here. – Community notice board. Do not post crime reports or closure operational issues here rather use our email for this.
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