Police at Park Road are warning residents to be careful after a series of robberies that have recently spiked, particularly in the City Centre of Bloemfontein and surrounding areas.
Police warn residents that robbery is a dangerous crime of violence that can threaten people`s lives, property and businesses. The police would like to encourage homeowners, business owners and residents to call the police if they see anything suspicious in their neighbourhood; whether it is a suspicious vehicle or people loitering in the area. Residents are urged to be good neighbours; be observant and report suspicious behaviour.
Motorists and pedestrians are also warned that when walking or driving at night to avoid unlit areas, be alert and observant of your surroundings. People are advised to travel on busy, well-lit routes and should be alert when using a cellphone, especially after dark as there is a tendency to rob cellphones from unsuspecting victims. The police would like to advise the community that if you do not need to use the phone, keep it secured and out of sight, refrain from texting, or talking on the phone while in the streets.
Following incidents of robberies of people who visited a bank, the police would like to alert the public to avoid displaying or carrying large amounts of money in public areas and also be careful when carrying a purse or handbags.
Take note of the following safety tips:
- Never carry your wallet in your back pocket and be wary of strangers approaching you. Pay attention to their faces and general appearance as it will assist the police in drawing a facial identikit should one fall prey to the robbers;.
- If confronted by the robbers, cooperate, give them what they ask for. Possessions can be replaced; your life is precious and cannot be replaced;
- Do not try to make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminals yourself, rather concentrate on remembering how the suspects looks and call the police immediately.
This statement was issued by SAPS