By Kaya 959 Reporter
Private security companies have reported a worrying trend where crime syndicates are preying on the elderly in Gauteng’s northern suburbs.
In recent weeks, an elderly couple was assaulted by a gang of robbers while another elderly woman was beaten and her home ransacked. In a third incident, a man was wounded in a robbery at his home.
Beagle Armed Watch’s Andre Aiton said they have noted a spike in violent house robberies in Johannesburg in recent months.
Another private security firm Fidelity ADT added that Sundowner in Randburg was one of the hardest-hit areas.
The group said they have noted that Protea Glen was also experiencing a rise in common theft, house break-ins and armed robberies.
Private securities are bracing for an increase in crime particularly over the festive season.
Operation O Kae Molao patrols
Meanwhile, Gauteng police have arrested more than 1370 suspects in Operation O Kae Molao patrols over the long weekend.
The operations included roadblocks, stop and search, foot patrols, tracing of wanted suspects, compliance inspections at second-hand goods dealers and raiding of illegal liquor outlets.
More than 355 suspects were arrested in the district.
“Suspects were arrested for offences ranging from possession of stolen and hijacked vehicles, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunitions, house robbery, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm… driving while under the influence of alcohol, armed robbery and pointing of firearm,” said Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo.
He said the intensified operations saw suspects arrested in Ekurhuleni, on the West Rand, Johannesburg and Sedibeng.
The arrested suspects will be appearing at various magistrates’ courts across Gauteng.