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Goodwood community members meet to combat gangs and housebreakings

With several incidents in the past month, it appears that crowbar burglars in expensive cars have turned their attention to Goodwood.

Residents met on Monday to discuss anti-crime measures with the local policing forum, private security firms and other constituencies.

At least two crowbar break-ins were reported last week and the gang activities in Goodwood have risen to the point where some residents have reportedly threatened to deal with burglars themselves.

Nazeem Israel, of the Goodwood community police forum, said that officials have not yet confirmed that the spate of break-ins are by crowbar gang members.

Our primary focus, in terms of crime, has been the spree of housebreaks that have been hitting our area. Officials are not yet saying that it is the crowbar gang and are dealing with the cases as normal housebreakings, but we as a community see it a bit differently.

Nazeem Israel, of the Goodwood community police forum

According to Israel, the community has recognised a pattern in the recent robberies targeting their area and they feel strongly that the break-ins are a part of an established syndicate.

The burglars travel in top-of-the-range getaway cars which blend in with the suburbs they target and make it difficult for security companies and neighbourhood watches to identify them.

The local neighbourhood watch has been told that the high-end cars are stolen from rental companies and then used for the robberies.

Israel says that their neighbourhood watch has increased their patrol hours and presence, with over a 100 members in the area.

It is believed several crowbar gangs are operating around Cape Town, using crowbars and brute force, they smash their way into homes and make of with valuable possessions within minutes.

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