Brutes victimise residents
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.
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.