Suspects target Malvern church

A church in the Malvern vicinity was robbed of valuable items by three suspects, who allegedly gained entry into the premises during the early hours of the morning, last week.

According to police reports, sound equipment, a TV and various other items were stolen. Police reports further indicated that the suspects were disturbed and then fled the scene. Corporate communications officer of Malvern SAPS, W/O Radhika Marimuthu said that some of the stolen items were recovered in a nearby bush by members of the church.

“This is the second time that an incident of this nature has occurred within the area. Local churches are now becoming soft targets,” she warned.

The Malvern SAPS is therefore urging businesses and faith-based organisations to be more cautious in the area by increasing security.

Residents are urged to install CCTV cameras, preferably in colour that has high resolution. “We want members of the community to be on alert and install electric fencing to ensure their safety. We need to take ownership and responsibility to secure areas where valuables are stored,” added W/O Marimuthu.

High sensors in the celling will also prove a good security tool to combat against theft. Residents are urged to ensure good lighting in and around their premises so that suspects can be detected easily. “Community members are encouraged to avoid hug palm trees and shrubbery around their perimeter as this is a prime hiding zone for many suspects who use huge trees and palms to climb on and into properties,” she concluded.

Station commander of the Malvern SAPS, Lt Col Valarine Reddy said that it is important to secure that your property in the most hi-tech manner possible.

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