Conserv Security recently warned community members of the apparent return of the gate motor thieves they call Homo Habilis after a string of gate motors were stolen during the weekend of Friday, 27 to Sunday, 29 October.
They believe the syndicate works in one suburb and then moves to the next. Present trends show the syndicate operates between 11pm and 4am.
“Gate motors will always be vulnerable, as they usually are placed furthest from your home, normally on an external boundary and are not protected, besides maybe by a bracket, which holds no challenges for these organised criminals,” a post on their Facebook page said.
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And it’s not just the city homes that are affected. Rural areas on the urban edge, and small plots are targeted at present.
Michelle Marais said in a Facebook post “We are in Wolfelea in Tarlton and our motor was stolen on Friday night, 27 October some time. So it seems they’re in this area at the moment.”
Anna Marie Bekker also said that Eldoret farm’s main gate motor was also stolen a week prior to this report.
The thieves are highly skilled and normally work in pairs. They have excellent knowledge of the workings of gates and electric fences. Observation and site identification is normally done a week beforehand. They easily lift the gate off its railings, steal the motor and then leave the scene.
The thieves usually travel in a Toyota Corolla as footage shows, but earlier this year the same suspects were seen traveling in a white Golf.
“It is only a matter of time before these criminals are brought to book. I have posted some new pictures of the latest vehicle believed to be involved.”
Conserv gives these suggestions on how to protect your property:
– On the level of ‘security starts at home’, consider securing your gate motor with a more rigid framework/ bracket.
– Install a camera that will alert you to any activity (Conserv supplies such cameras).
– Install a device that will activate your alarm linked to Conserv or your local security company, or consider a tracker device.
– On a mobilisation level, react to SMS/ Radio/ Whatsapp messages in which Conserv requests you to check your gate motors, and report back.
– Mobilise when requested to do a Mini Blitz.
– Be proactive and carry out your community patrol duties.
– On such a patrol, check all gates that have motors on them.
– Report suspect persons (try to get photos), report suspect vehicles (photo and reg number), restless dogs and fence cutting.
– Request a police sector vehicle to patrol. If you become aware that your gate motor has been stolen, report it to Conserv and the police (on 10111) at once. Take photos of any tracks, and WhatsApp them to 083 488 0400.
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