COM­MU­NITY mem­bers in Breidbach are up in arms over a recent spate of rob­beries.

They are re­quest­ing po­lice as­sist in help­ing the neigh­bour­hood start a pa­trol watch in a bid to safe­guard res­i­dents.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent to hit the com­mu­nity, a Tshat­shu res­i­dent was robbed of his per­sonal be­long­ings last week­end.

The vic­tim, who wants to re­main anony­mous, said he was robbed by three peo­ple near the Acorn Val­ley pedes­trian bridge on his way home from vis­it­ing friends in Breidbach at about 11pm. “Three sus­pects ap­peared from nowhere, sur­rounded me and de­manded all my be­long­ings and, when I re­fused, they reached for weapons in their pock­ets. I ran for my life un­til I fell after I hurt my leg.”

The rob­bers took his cell­phone, jew­ellery, and cash. He said they left him ly­ing in bushes un­til the next morn­ing, when he was fi­nally as­sisted by res­i­dents.

Com­mu­nity leader, Isaac Wind­vo­gel, is an­gered by the high in­ci­dence of crime, telling res­i­dents at the scene to start or­gan­is­ing them­selves in or­der to take charge of their com­mu­nity.

Buf­falo City Metro (BCM) ward com­mit­tee mem­ber for the area, Tully Win­naar and King CPF mem­ber, Desmond Coetzee, were among the crowd of on­look­ers..

“We are tired of crime in our com­mu­nity, enough is enough and we must start pa­trolling our streets start­ing from tonight,” Wind­vo­gel said.

Coetzee ap­plauded the Acorn Val­ley com­mu­nity for ini­tia­tives to make the com­mu­nity safer and as­sured them he would do ev­ery­thing in his power to get nec­es­sary as­sis­tance and full co-op­er­a­tion from po­lice.

Last Mon­day, a group of con­cerned res­i­dents held a suc­cess­ful meet­ing where they de­cided to start their own neigh­bour­hood watch.

“I com­mend the res­i­dents of Acorn Val­ley and those at the back of Breidbach for the ini­tia­tive taken and as­sure them they will be sup­ported by the po­lice in their at­tempts to safe­guard their ar­eas,” Coetzee said.

“Street com­mit­tees and neigh­bour­hood watches are ef­fec­tive ways to com­bat crime,” ar­eas,” he said.

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