Rosebank police discuss common crimes

Bongi Mdletshe tries in all his power to keep criminal activities in check by doing patrols every day around Rosebank.

With criminal activities becoming out of hand, Rosebank Police Station spokesperson, Sergeant Bongi Mdletshe said his respective station assigns patrollers to minimise crime around the Rosebank area.

Mdletshe’s main position at Rosebank police is of a spokesperson and he said it is a rather quiet centre. “We don’t receive hectic cases or reports such as murder; we usually have armed robberies but there are rarely any shootings.”

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The spokesperson highlighted that his biggest challenges are drug-related crimes. “The construction sites make it difficult for us to identify possible perpetrators, and this is where they are likely to strike.”

His list of challenges includes smash-and-grabs and he urged drivers to have their windows closed whenever they are stuck in traffic.

“During peak hours, these guys are disguised as homeless people. It takes place mostly if you are on your phone or you leave your valuables lying around in the car. They bang on your window and demand that you hand over your belongings. Women are the most targeted in this instance,” said Mdletshe.

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Mdletshe trusts the crime prevention team at the station – which makes sure that crime is prevented – said there is another team of those who attend to vehicle theft, shoplifting and housebreaking cases.

Targeted victims are mostly in malls, train stations and restaurants because it is always packed with people who live a lavish lifestyle.

“These days criminals are smart. They can see when the police are patrolling and they won’t act on their criminal desires.”

He further advised that people should make sure that gadgets and pieces of jewellery are not exposed.

“Should it happen that you’re waiting for Uber, make sure there is at least a security guard next to you. Phones and expensive jewellery increase chances of robbery.”

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A tip that works for the spokesperson is leaving everything at home that he can do without. “Whenever I go to the gym, for instance, I make sure I leave my house keys, phones and a wallet full of cards at home. I just take my driver’s licence, then I know I don’t have anything to lose.”

Keeping a level head also comes with his job description and he said he has to always reassure victims or residents that all will be well and they just have to be careful because people trust him as a policeman.

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Koketso Ratsatsi

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