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Crime trend overwhelms Paarl police

Crime trends during July have been identified by the Paarl police station and the Paarl West Community Policing Forum.

Police spokesperson Captain Louise Du Plessis said business and house burglaries are currently rampant in and around Paarl. She added that house burglaries in residential areas take place during business hours but that homesteads on farms are robbed both during the day and during the evening.

Business burglaries in farming areas were targeted after 17:00 on Wednesdays, whereas in business areas, traders were targeted on Fridays during business hours.

Three arrests were however recently made after such burglaries.

Theft from motor vehicles occurred mostly in and around the CBD area and in the residential areas of Northern Paarl. One suspect has been arrested.

There is also an increase in car theft in Paarl. Du Plessis said older model vehicles have been targeted, especially bakkies.

The police have also admitted to a lack of visible police presence due to the high volume of incidents which they must attend to, and are urging the public to contact their local neighbourhood watch and farm watch for assistance.

“The neighbourhood watch has made an invaluable impact on decreasing crime, and has an active partnership with Paarl SAPS,” said Du Plessis. “Take ownership of your property and your own neighbourhood in order to make a difference.”

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