Panic button saves elderly man from armed gang

A 45-year-old Eastbury resident was saved by a panic button from having his home ransacked by four armed men on Friday morning.

The victim who was still shaken up when he spoke to the Phoenix Sun recalled that he was lying down in his bedroom when he was awoken by a sound emanating from his front gate. When he woke up to inspect the cause of the sound, he was accosted by two balaclava-clad men who were already in his lounge.

The victim said upon noticing him, the pair who was also using black gloves, pointed a firearm at him and only uttered the word ‘hey’.

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“Without even thinking twice, I immediately ran back to my room, locked my bedroom door and pressed the panic button. By this time, VIP Security members contacted me and in a state of shock, I managed to inform the members of the robbery in progress.  The sound of the panic button prompted the suspects to abandon the robbery,” said the resident.

Viewing the action from his bedroom window, the victim learned that the suspects were travelling in a white Golf 7 with two or more occupants inside the vehicle.

“It is evident that they got disturbed as they only managed to flee with my Plasma television,” he added. He recounted that the suspects were wearing blue jackets and jeans and appeared to be masterminds in what they were doing.

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“My quick reaction and the swift response by the security company saved my life. I could have been shot dead,” said the victim. The elderly man said he has been struggling to sleep after the ordeal.

“I spend most of the time looking out of my bedroom window thinking that car will pull up my driveway again. It is scary.  This has taught me that my safety is a priority. People must lock doors and all gates and tighten up security measures to avoid falling prey to these robbers. These guys are clearly professionals and they are careful in everything they do,” he said.

The man praised KZN VIP Security and Phoenix SAPS for responding promptly after his nightmare. Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Cpt Louise Naidoo, confirmed that a house robbery case has been opened and that a Plasma television was taken during the incident.

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