Home invasions leave residents traumatised

A hole in the roof of a home in Benghazi Road where thieves disabled the alarm in order to ransack the house.

A Kenwyn resident says her family has feels violated after their Benghazi Road home was burgled on Wednesday October 11.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous for safety reasons, returned to her home around 10am to find the security gates jammed open and her patio doors smashed.

“The feeling of your home being violated and vandalised by perpetrators is disconcerting. The trauma caused to my family, especially the kids, is both traumatic as well as fearful,” the resident said.

The criminals also managed to break through the ceiling of her home, disarming the alarm system, before ransacking the house and making off with a plasma television, jewellery and an iPad.

“I was reading about the incident of the couple who were tied up in their home by robbers and their home ransacked as well. It sent shivers down my spine because it made me feel as if our area is becoming a target,” she said, confirming that she immediately opened a case at the Lansdowne police station.

The forensics team closely inspected the house but were unable to find any fingerprints.

On the opposite side of Kenwyn, on Friday October 6, in Block Road, an elderly couple were left traumatised after four men entered their home in the early hours of the morning and tied them up, threatening them with a knife, (“Kenwyn couple tied up and robbed”, Tatler, October 12).

The men made off with jewellery, two flat screen televisions, a laptop, Samsung Galaxy cellphone and a silver Corsa bakkie. The couple were unharmed.

The Benghazi Road resident hopes for more security patrols in Kenwyn.

“The ongoing crime in our area has escalated and our community is constantly living in fear.”

Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka, spokesperson for Lansdowne police could not say whether there had been an increase in house robberies in Kenwyn.

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