P­lett cri­me: re­si­dents as­ked to help vi­si­tors

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P­let­ten­berg Bay re­si­dents ha­ve been ur­ged to as­sist vi­si­tors to the a­rea to en­s­u­re t­hey do not fall victim to ATM fraud or ot­her cri­mes.

In a cri­me re­port co­ve­ring the pe­ri­od 2 to 16 Oc­to­ber, by the chair of the P­let­ten­berg Bay Cri­me P­re­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA), Bru­ce Ri­chard­son, he said that ATM fraud was still a con­cern in the town.

He as­ked that re­si­dents keep an eye out for fo­reig­ners u­sing ATMs du­ring pe­ri­ods of low pe­de­stri­an traf­fic, such as af­ter dark, Sa­tur­day af­ter­noons and Sun­days. “P­le­a­se keep an eye on them from a short dis­tan­ce to en­s­u­re that t­hey are not in­ter­fe­red with,” Ri­chard­son said.

Ac­com­mo­da­ti­on es­ta­blishments could al­so do their bit by war­ning gue­sts not to en­ter­tain any sug­ges­ti­on to pay for par­king at an ATM, or any ot­her ru­se that would re­sult in a “help­ful lo­cal” as­sis­ting them at an ATM.

Re­gar­ding ot­her forms of cri­me, Ri­chard­son said that on­ly two in­ci­dents we­re re­por­ted in town o­ver the pe­ri­od. “The in­ci­dents took pla­ce at the Met­ho­dist C­hurch w­he­re on­ly ba­con and eggs we­re ta­ken, and in Be­a­chy­he­ad D­ri­ve. Bur­gla­ries we­re lar­ge­ly con­fi­ned to out-of-town a­re­as such as Bos­sies­gif, New Ho­ri­zons, Wit­te­drift, Bo­skey Dell and Kur­land, but e­ven in tho­se a­re­as, in­ci­dents we­re few and far be­t­ween.”

He ad­ded that theft out of mo­tor vehi­cles re­mai­ned a con­cer­ned. “Af­fected a­re­as are Ju­lia Ave, P­ha­ra­oh A­ve­nue, the in­dus­tri­al a­rea, S­hell Ul­tra Ci­ty, Capri­corn A­ve­nue and S­ker­ry Vo­re.

The­re we­re so­me i­tems of not in­con­si­de­ra­ble va­lue ta­ken as a re­sult of le­a­ving va­lu­a­bles in vehi­cles.

“As we ap­pro­ach the sen­si­ti­ve ti­mes of the y­e­ar of the P­lett Ra­ge and se­a­son, our le­vel of vi­gi­lan­ce needs to in­cre­a­se, to en­s­u­re that our vi­si­tors en­joy a cri­me-free stay.”

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