Vision Tactical SAFETY TIP

 

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  1. Lock the vehicles doors and close all the windows. Thieves often target vehicles in peak times when traffic is heavy and while stationary at an intersection.
  2. Leaving valuable items in plain sight is only further attracting thieves to your vehicle. Ensure they are well hidden. Out of sight, out of mind.
  3. Don’t hesitate to report suspicious looking individuals or vehicles to the police.  Be fully aware of everything surrounding you and your vehicle
  4. Be wary of people standing at traffic lights or intersections. Perpetrators often mix with the most innocent looking people to avoid suspicion
  5. Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger. Perpetrators often point to the vehicles tyres or lights in an attempt to get the driver to pull over, making their task a lot easier.
  6. Thieves target parking lots. Parking in an area with a parking attendant will limit their opportunities to break into your vehicle.
  7. Do not park in poorly lit parking lots at night. Parking in a well-lit area at night allows you to survey the area before exiting and re-entering your vehicle.
  8. Never leave your children alone in a vehicle. Children innocently allow perpetrators into the vehicle, leaving the child to fend for themselves.
  9. Do not exit your vehicle to remove objects laying in the road. Chances are the object have been put there to force the driver to remove it, making them an easy target
  10. Immediately lock the vehicle doors when you enter or exit your vehicle. Don’t give crooks the opportunity to enter your vehicle. It happens in the blink of an eye.

Report any suspicious activity  to our control room on 084-222-2222

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Rhodes Park suspect confessed – claim

2485138130November 2 2015 at 09:21am
By Shain Germaner

Johannesburg – A 24-year-old suspect linked to the double murder and rape attack at Rhodes Park appears to have already confessed to his role in the brutal crimes.

Last month, two couples who were visiting the Kensington park were attacked by a group of 12 men.

It’s understood that the group of criminals raped one of the women, tied up the two men and threw them in the nearby lake, forcing their lovers to watch as they drowned.

On Sunday, a man believed to have been arrested for the murders on Friday was seen accompanied by the police in the area.

Shackled around the ankles to prevent him from escaping, The Star observed as a man directed officers towards the opening to the massive drain system that runs beneath the park, and the attached ladder the alleged killer gang had used to climb down into the drain.

This was how the gang allegedly escaped after the crime.

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 A source close to the investigation confirmed that the shackled man seen by The Star apparently pointing out the crime scene was the same man arrested on Friday in connection with the murders.

The man, according to the source, pointed out the crime scene and the entrances to the park that were used on the day, as well as the group’s escape route.

“He has already admitted what he did,” the source told The Star.

Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the man seen by The Star was the one arrested on Friday morning and that he had been taken to the park on Sunday as part of the investigation.

He said the man had been detained in Yeoville for questioning, and that after interviewing him, police had taken a decision to charge him with murder, attempted murder and rape.

He was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

While it’s understood this man could potentially lead investigators to the other suspects, no other arrests were made at the weekend.

“Police are still appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of the (other) suspects to come forward. Information can be forwarded to Crime Stop on 08600 10111 at all hours,” Dlamini said.

Members of the I Love Kensington Association were elated by the arrest.

The association’s Tony de Munnik said he could confirm that a man was arrested in Yeoville through the co-operation of the local community.

“This is some good news from a very angry community, who are determined to keep our space safe and clean,” he said.

Since the attack, the young woman who was raped has spoken with numerous media publications and broadcasters about what had happened.

According to the woman, two of the men walked past the couples before another 10 men surrounded them from the other side.

The first two, brandishing guns, told the couples to lie on the ground. When they complied, the men began searching them and took their valuables.

It was after this that the attackers then allegedly put their hands under the women’s skirts and sexually assaulted them.

The women were then instructed to take off their clothes, and their breasts were fondled and “searched”, allegedly because the men believed they could be hiding more valuables.

The attackers then allegedly said that because they couldn’t find any money, they would throw the men in the water.

“The one said I mustn’t look at him, and he raped me,” the woman said. – Additional reporting by Anna Cox

ARMED ROBBERS STORM CHILD’S PARTY AT SANDTON FIRE STATION

JOHANNESBURG – Parents who were victims of a robbery at a children’s party at the Sandton Fire Department on Saturday say they believe they were intentionally targeted.

A group of about 35 children and 40 adults were held at gunpoint during the party and jewellery and other valuables were taken from them.

Johannesburg Emergency Services has confirmed the incident and say police are investigating.
Parents say they feel violated that they were targeted while at their most vulnerable. It’s understood the CCTV cameras weren’t working, the perpetrators knew there was a party at the venue, there were no firemen on site and the person manning the call room claimed to not have a panic button, airtime or the police’s phone number.

One man says he tried to call 10111 three times during the incident, but the number went unanswered.

“I saw one of the fathers diving for cover and then I looked up and saw a guy coming towards us with a gun. We just gathered the kids. The guy came and took
earrings from one of the ladies. When I noticed he wasn’t around I took out my phone and tried to phone 10111.”

Johannesburg Emergency Services says it’s reserving its comment on the allegations while police investigations are underway.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

Don’t make yourself a target

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Captain Pinky Tsinyane explained, “Gauteng 10111 receives roughly 10 301 calls in 24 hours, and at the end of the month, the numbers do increase a lot. While 10111 does all it can to ensure complaints are attended to by police, community members are urged to take note that policing is everyone’s responsibility – be vigilant at all times.”

Residents can make communities safer by practicing the following:

  •  Never walk around alone and do not talk to strangers
  •  Be on the lookout for strange cars or people and avoid getting into vehicles of people you do not know
  • Walk in well-lit streets with other people around and in a group, if possible
  •  Make sure your home is secure and become a member of an armed response service. Be sure that you know all the emergency numbers or have them displayed in an accessible area
  •  Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. But think twice before advertising your impending absence on social media, criminals also have access to Facebook and Twitter
  •  Avoid using congested streets where you cannot even walk properly, that is where you will find criminals pickpocketing
  •  Avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them.

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‘AN ATTACK ON THE POLICE IS AN ATTACK ON THE NATION’

JOHANNESBURG – As the Hawks probe the murder of one of President Jacob Zuma’s bodyguards, the watchdog says an attack on a police officer is an attack on the nation.

It’s understood 42-year-old sergeant Mzwakhe Magwaza, who was stationed at Nkandla and part of the presidential protection unit, was asleep when a group of men set his house alight yesterday morning before shooting him.

Hawks spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says a man hunt has been launched.

“The killing on one police officer is the killing of the entire service, because we are trying our best to protect the properties of the people and the state of the people. So when one member is killed, it affects the entire police force.”

At least 60 police officers have been killed in the past 12 months alone.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

OFF-DUTY COP SHOT DEAD IN KHAYELITSHA

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CAPE TOWN – An off-duty police officer has been shot and killed in Khayelitsha.

The constable was shot dead in Harare on Tuesday night.

It’s believed robbery was the motive.

The police’s Andre Traut says, “Last night at approximately 8pm, an off-duty police officer aged 37 was shot and killed while he was sitting in his private vehicle on the grounds of a primary school in Harare.”

Meanwhile, Bedfordview police are searching for a gang of men who opened fire on an Ekurhuleni Metro officer on Tuesday.

It’s understood the officer was approached on the corner of Van Buuren and Van der Linde by suspects carrying a nine millimetre pistol and an AK47.

They started shooting, but the officer managed to escape unharmed.

The police’s Mduduzi Nhlabathi says, “As soon as he saw that he was being shot at, he also shot them back. We’re investigating currently, and the motive is unknown.”

Drug addict jailed for partner’s murder

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October 26 2015 at 08:46pm
By Catherine Rice

Cape Town – The National Prosecuting Authority has welcomed the effective 25-year prison sentence handed down to a drug addict found guilty of murder.

The Western Cape High Court on Monday sentenced 25-year-old Gerhardus Joshua Albrecht to direct imprisonment after he entered into a plea bargain with the State.

Albrecht pleaded guilty to murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

He told the court that on Christmas day 2014 he visited his 62-year-old partner Ernest Will at his home to ask him for money.

The two started drinking, and an argument ensued.

Albrecht hit Will on the head with a porcelain dish, a bottle of brandy, a bottle of whiskey and a knobkierrie.

He then tied him up with a cellphone cable, gagged him and left him to die.

Albrecht then made off with Will’s necklaces, small earrings, antique coins, watches and his car, a Mazda Rustler.

He later sold the car to his drug dealer.

He was arrested on January 14, 2015.

Albrecht was sentenced to 25 years direct imprisonment for the murder and 15 years for the robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said: “Criminals do not enter into a plea and sentencing agreement because they have become born agains. They are forced by the overwhelming evidence against them and realise that it would be difficult to escape their time in jail.”

 

Taking a proactive stance against crime

  / 26 October 2015 at 2:12pm

1632804275Murray William has a warning for anyone with ill-intent: We’re your worst nightmare because we’re highly active, committed citizens.

It’s Friday afternoon and my 13-year-old daughter asks me: “Dad, may we walk to the shop?” She and two same-aged friends. I wonder, then say yes.

Why would I say that? Why take that risk?

Because I have trust.

Not in the police, or any other security agency. But in my community.

A year ago, almost to the day, my son, 14, got up at 3am to use the bathroom, and came across a man leopard-crawling down our bedroom passage.

Terrified, he let out a primordial scream, in a split-second armed himself with a hockey stick.

The man fled, back out the lounge window he had meticulously, silently removed.

In the weeks that followed, our neighbours were targeted too.

Until enough was enough, and a core of us met, and thrashed out a plan.

The impact has been dramatic.

The message to those who had targeted us has been clear: First of all, I don’t hate you.

I understand there are probably many authentic reasons why you have walked the path you have. Terrible voids and injustices which may explain your descent into crime. No hope.

Indeed, we must work tirelessly together to try to improve all our children’s life-chances. Your and my children have a common future.

But the moment you threaten my family, or my neighbours, or my community, the game changes. Because, as a father, husband, neighbour, my primary, fundamental responsibility is to protect them.

I will mobilise my entire community around you. And be clear: we radically outnumber you.

And we do not fear you.

We sure did. The knowledge of a burglar in our houses in the dark of night terrorised us. You ruled our hearts with fear.

But in the past year, we have traded in our fear. For unity, purpose.

To be clear: I am not a vigilante. I am not going to break the law. I am not going to hurt you. I will earnestly, non-violently, neutralise the threat you pose using my eyes, my ears, my relentless effort.

We are not tough, or Liam Neesons in Taken, or Rambos or Harry Joshuas – remember him? Far from it.

We’re far scarier than them. To anyone with ill-intent: We’re your worst nightmare because we’re highly active, committed citizens. We have built a united resilience against you.

Against anything which may come to threaten us. We have reclaimed our spaces without lifting a hand in anger.

As a community, we are building a movement of precious common care.

Proactively, jointly, determinedly.

So, to my daughter: Yes, you may walk to the shop. Because I have complete confidence in my neighbours. Just as they trust me.

* Murray Williams’ column ’Shooting from the Lip’ appears in the Cape Argus every Monday.

Cape Argus

Three life terms for brutal serial rapist

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October 22 2015 at 09:25am
By Zelda Venter

Pretoria – “As you stand here to serve a long sentence, you must remember that you did not conquer your victims, as your liberty will be taken away for a very long time.”

This was the message from Judge Jody Kollapen, of the North Gauteng High Court, on Wednesday as he sentenced serial rapist Isaac Dibetso to three life terms as well as a further 188 years behind bars.

Dibetso showed no emotion as the judge gave him a tongue-lashing. “The manner in which you dealt with these women is shocking… You treated them like objects… You seem to think that because you are a man, you can do as you please.”

Dibetso raped eight women – in three cases repeatedly – and was linked to the crimes via DNA evidence and the testimony of his terrified victims, who said they would never forget his face.

Yet when asked whether he had anything to say before he was sentenced, Dibetso still insisted he was innocent.

The 43-year-old Ga-Rankuwa man lured the women to remote spots north of Pretoria, under the pretence that he was going to organise work for them.

Nearly all suffered injuries to their private parts, hands or other parts of their bodies as they were tied up in a remote veld after being raped and robbed. Some were gagged with their underwear.

He conducted a reign of terror in Ga-Rankuwa and neighbouring areas over five months in 2012. His victims were so terrified of him that all of them burst into tears when they saw him in court.

Before sentencing Dibetso, the judge had a message for the victims – some of whom were in court to see their attacker sentenced.

“I was moved by the courage you showed to face your attacker in court. No doubt what happened to you will stay with you for a long time. Your courage is commendable,” he said.

The judge also had a message for Dibetso: “You brutally raped and robbed these women. You had no regard for them as human beings…

“You showed no remorse… It is best that you be removed from society for a very long time, if not forever.”

As Dibetso was led down to the cells, he gave a prolonged glance back to the gallery.

His victims sighed in relief. “Now I can at least sleep again at night, knowing he will not come after me again. He nearly killed me,” said a victim, who had been tied to a tree by Dibetso.

A family member of Dibetso said he can never condone what the man did. “I am sorry for his victims and I ask for their forgiveness on behalf of the family.”

Meanwhile, another rapist, Bongani Mnguni, quietly sat next to Dibetso as he was sentenced. Mnguni will hear his fate on Friday.

He was convicted of raping six women in the Brakpan area, luring them into the bush using a similar modus operandi to Mnguni.

Harbour’s scanner exposes smuggling

October 19 2015

1023966036at 02:44pm By LEE RONDGANGER

Durban – South African customs officials have seized contraband worth R49 million including drugs, wildlife and counterfeit clothing smuggled through Durban Harbour in the past six months.

The secret weapon in customs’ arsenal is the new, hi-tech cargo container scanner which, through its X-ray capabilities, is able to see what is in containers without the need to open them.

The scanner, which has been used in the Durban Harbour for a year, has revolutionised the way they investigate suspicious containers – because customs officials no longer have to physically open them to see if it contains contraband.

Since April, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) customs officials have made 106 seizures and have confiscated contraband that included alcohol, vehicles and cigarettes.

The biggest seizures were for counterfeit goods that amounted to R44.1 million followed by narcotics, R378 000 and alcohol, R374 000.

Since April last year 24.3kg of narcotics valued at R30.2m were seized.

Sars spokesman, Luther Lebelo, said the new scanners – one was deployed in Cape Town Harbour in July – could show the difference between 40 different types of materials such aluminium, steel, plastic and organic.

The scanners are also able to detect if radioactive material is being smuggled and can see through up to 380mm of solid steel, making it very hard for smugglers to hide contraband.

“From a business perspective, if customs were to unpack suspicious containers, we could do three a day. We are now aiming to do 100 inspections a day on a highly targeted and non-intrusive basis. From start to finish, we can scan in under 12 minutes,” Lebelo said.

“This new system also helps increase audit-ability because it is now highly integrated and centrally available over the Sars network, customs has the ability to investigate cases, re-investigate cases, check for quality control, interrogate findings, and we can also tell who did what, which cannot be done at the moment. These are the big benefits,” he said.

Lebelo said that for every single scan that customs did, they opened a case, did the scan, verified the result, generated a marked-up image, and then managed the findings – in the case of a hit.

“The new, integrated scanning process also eliminates fraud, theft and bribery, because all actions are recorded as cases,” he said.

Durban is one of the busiest ports in Africa, handling more than 80 million tons of cargo a year.

A police source, who cannot be named, but has intimate knowledge of the port operation, said the position of the port and its network and trains and trucks made it a favourite for smugglers.

The source said that, unlike other ports of entry such as airports and border crossings, investigators had to rely on instinct and luck much of the time.

“Even with the new scanners they can only do a limited number of scans a day.

“Thousands of containers leave the port every week and you will not be able to check every one of them.

“That is the challenge we have. The scanners make it easier, but sometimes we are able to make busts just on pure instinct and experience from other busts,” the source said.

April to October 13, 2015… Sars Customs seized:

Clothing & textile R648 092

Cigarettes R3 100

Counterfeit goods R44 105 342

Vehicles R65 519

Alcohol R374 816

Narcotics R378 793

Wildlife: 274 items of abalone and 102 items of shells +/- R50 000

Ivory: 35 Items – bangles, elephant tusk +/- R35 000

Other (cellphones, light bulbs etc) R1 253 202

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