Brackenfell Police Station
Cape Town - Members of the so-called crowbar gang know your home and your schedule just as well as you do. They use this information to their advantage when they want to gain access to your home and burgle it.
The Brackenfell Community Policing Forum recently got hold of an interview with an alleged member of the supposed gang and in the interview the suspect details how they scout homes before, break in and what they take.
Sean McCleland, of the Brackenfell Community Policing Forum, said they got the interview from a highly reliable source.
In the interview the suspect said they take less than five minutes to get in and out of the house and said they usually hit houses during the week.
So called predominant white areas have more safes in their houses and invest their money in gold, jewellery, Kruger Rands and most have a firearm safe with multiple firearms.
The suspect also added that they always have to dress well to match their vehicles and to blend into the area and said they make around R8 000 a week.
“Most safes are in the main bedroom, in the clothing cupboard, some are not even bolted, but bolted don’t work, you just hit it hard with hammer, put the crowbar behind and take it out the wall, run out with it, open when we home with a grinder.”
McCleland said that they have break-ins in the area with the crowbar gang’s modus operandi on a weekly basis.
“Their effectiveness is to be out as quick as possible. They all use the same method and there are many of these types of burglaries. The challenge we have in identifying them is the fact that we can’t identify vehicles.”
McCleland said the gangs usually use hired vehicles that blend into the area.
He said they prefer “nice” cars such as VW Polos and Toyotas, BMWs and Mercedes, so they do not stand out in the area.
McCleland said he was glad the interview was shared on social media because it will create awareness.
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Article Edited: 20h15, 24 Aug 2016