The Free State Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) offices were broken into twice over the course of the weekend.
According to the department’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, the first break in took place on Saturday evening when a computer was stolen. Mvambi said the thieves returned on Sunday evening, broke into several offices and stole 12 computers and a few other office accessories.
“The admin vehicle (a golf cart) was also stolen but recovered on Monday. It was found parked at the Simunye garage in Harvey Road,” said Mvambi.
He told Bloemfontein Courant that the department’s workflow has been slowed down as employees now have to share workspace to ensure continuity. “Our security guards have received counselling as it was only female officers on duty on both nights.”
According to Mvambi the Department is working on installing security gates for all doors, burglar bars for windows, as well as CCTV cameras that notify the security guards if there is movement on the premises. They also want to beef-up the security by getting a backup panic system, and ensure that there is enough lighting on the premises.