Residents fight back against crime

Residents fight back against crime

Dennesig and Kanonkop residents form 'Radio Group' to combat surge in crime - a move that angers the local Police.
15 October 2012

A community initiative to fight back against crime in Dennesig is already proving successful just three weeks since its establishment.

Now - following the apprehension of three suspects in as many weeks - the Police are threatening to arrest members of the ‘Radio Group’, claiming that members are operating outside the perimeters of the Community Police Forum (CPF).

The latest display of unity occurred last Friday when between 40 to 50 residents of Dennesig and Kanonkop responded to a ‘mayday’ call-out in Buller Street.

Within minutes the suspected burglar was completely surrounded  - apprehended, and handed over to the SAPS.

On Saturday another suspect was caught after being pursued around the streets of Dennesig. He almost got away but due to the large numbers of respondents he had no chance of escape.

There are currently 190 members part the radio group in Kanonkop and Dennesig - and the numbers are growing.

It’s been established in response to a number of burglaries and most recently a murder in the area  - which has prompted residents to ‘assist authorities’ in apprehending suspects.

SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Lize de Witt said that the suspect arrested on Friday was released without charge the next day due to a lack of evidence.

She also warned residents against taking matters into their own hands or they would be arrested. 

See more details and photo's in today's (Tuesday) Middelburg Observer