Brutes vic­timise res­i­dents

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VERU­LAM IN VERU­LAM, while there are fewer crimes tak­ing place, the na­ture of the at­tacks are se­ri­ous and bru­tal.

“In the last two months house rob­beries were a com­mon oc­cur­rence with women and the el­derly be­ing the tar­gets,” said Vish Roop­narain, chair­man of the Veru­lam Civic As­so­ci­a­tion. “In nu­mer­ous in­ci­dents the women were found bru­tally beaten and tied up dur­ing at­tacks. Another is­sue is rape; here chil­dren are seen as easy tar­gets.”

Roop­narain said although res­i­dents hired se­cu­rity com­pa­nies to pa­trol their streets, vis­i­ble and ef­fec­tive po­lice pa­trols were needed.

ISIPINGO

Crime is on the rise in Isipingo and res­i­dents have reached the end of their tether.

“Other than house rob­beries and bur­glar­ies, theft in terms of peo­ple steal­ing cop­per pipes and even wash­ing off the line is a prob­lem,” said the chair­man of the Isipingo Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Dhar­manand Now­buth.

“These crim­i­nals are brazen in that even af­ter they take what they want, they re­turn the fol­low­ing day. What can you do when you see them run­ning away?”

He said com­mu­nity meet­ings were on the cards to plan ways of deal­ing with the grow­ing prob­lem.

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