Shastri Park residents have been living in the grip of fear as they are constant victims of criminal activity in the area.
On the morning of Monday, April 9, 49-year-old housewife, Margaret Chetty left her home in Central Park drive to visit the local clinic. When she returned home, she found her home ransacked and goods stolen.
Chetty said, “I returned home at around 10pm to find the door open and assumed that my daughter was home. When I looked around, I realised our home had been burgled. My chest grew tight and I had trouble breathing. Fortunately, the neighbours called paramedics who treated me a panic attack.” Phoenix SAPS were called to the scene and a case was open but no arrests have been made yet.”
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A neighbour alleges that he had seen four suspicious men in a white Bantam travelling from the direction of the home earlier in the day. He went on to claim that suspicious groups of men, travelling on foot or in vehicles, along the street is not uncommon. “It’s common to see men walking in groups observing the houses,” he said.
This is the latest incident in a number of crimes committed in the Shastri Park area. The owner of a local tuck shop spoke of an incident that occurred in March.
“A few weeks ago, I locked up my shop for the night and left. When I returned in the morning, I found the door open and cash, cigarettes, lighters, matches, and rolling paper stolen. The items that were taken are things I suspect sugar addicts would take. This is unfortunately not the first time it’s happened, it’s a recurring problem,” said the owner who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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Another owner of a local convenience store and salon also spoke of an incident at his shop at the end of last year.
“I had been in the shop alone with my wife when we were approached by four men. One of the men asked me for a loose cigarette. When I reached for it, they stepped in and grabbed both my wife and I. Fortunately, my brother who was in the salon heard the commotion and came to check on us, causing the men to flee,” he said.
Residents are reminded to ensure that their homes are securely locked and to report any suspicious behaviour or individuals to Phoenix SAPS.
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