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Northside crime soars on weekends

The Honeydew Sector 3 Crime Sector Forum reveals that crime is still concerningly high throughout the Northside.

Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest days for crime in the Honeydew policing precinct.

According to Honeydew CPF Sector 3 chairperson Anthony Beer, Honeydew remains hardest hit by crime within the precinct, followed by Wilgeheuwel and Ruimsig.

This was revealed during the monthly Honeydew CPF Sector 3 crime forum meeting held recently in Wilgeheuwel.

As usual, Honeydew police’s Warrant Officer Molly Ramukosi discussed the most prominent and worrying crime trends in the area over the past month, and once again, theft of motor vehicles, theft out of motor vehicles, and general theft top the list throughout the Northside, followed closely by malicious damage to property, and hijacking.

According to Beer, other issues dealt with include the growing number of vagrants that are occupying green belts and other open spaces throughout the area.

The Roodepoort Northsider regularly reports on the high number of vagrants that occupy most open spaces and green belts which have a significant impact on the crime statistics within the immediate area.

“The CPF has already set the wheels in motion to address this issue,” says Beer. “We will be requesting a meeting with both the police and the JMPD, where this issue will be discussed in detail so that we can plan the way forward in terms of effectively addressing vagrancy in our green belts.”

Beer, echoing the call of local security companies present at the meeting, urged residents to ensure that their alarm systems are working properly and regularly tested.

“This includes sensors on all doors and windows leading into the house or residence,” he says.

He also calls on residential complexes to ensure their gate remote controls are up to date.

“Only people who have permission to enter should have a remote control for the gate. Any old or unaccounted-for remote controls should be removed from access systems.”

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