Crime out of control in Linden: two murders and other crimes:
3 March 2011 source: Karishma Thakurdin - Alarming statistics show that crime in Linden is spiralling out of control.The latest incident was the brutal murder of 71-year-old Heinz Brenner, who was attacked during a robbery at his home on Sixth Street.
This comes soon after the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death of 65-year-old Georgie Jacklin, whose body was found three weeks ago in Sasolburg.
Brenner's family are still reeling in shock after they were forced to switch off life-support machines last week, as doctors declared him brain dead. Julie Brenner, one of Heinz Brenner's daughters said her family was distraught by the brutal nature of her father’s death and they hoped to see the perpetrator brought to book.
While two suspects were arrested in connection with Jacklin’s murder, Linden police spokesman Constable Carol Mulamu confirmed suspects for Brenner’s murder were still at large and a case of murder was being investigated.
According to the Linden Neighbourhood Watch (LNW) apathy from residents is a significant challenge in the fight against crime. "Residents need to be proactive and become the eyes and ears of law enforcement groups. Currently many residents seem to have an unconcerned attitude," said Fareed Hoosen, operations manager at LNW.
He said Sixth, Eighth and Ninth streets were the area's biggest challenge. "Residents need to become involved by getting to know their neighbours, reporting anything or anyone suspicious and joining the LNW."
Hoosen also advised people to arm their alarms and beams even if they were just visiting the shops quickly.
A recent sector policing awareness campaign organised by members of the Linden Community Policing Forum (CPF) revealed that, while most residents appreciated the CPF’s effort, many were unappreciative and preferred to rely solely on their private security company, as a result of their past bad experience with the police.
"It was good interacting with the community and having positive discussions with regards to sector policing. This was however dampened by the attitude of some of the public we approached. The attitude towards the police needs to change. Members of the community need to get involved in the fight against crime and the Linden CPF encourages those wanting to assist to contact the CPF," said Jadd Harding chairman of the Linden CPF.
All attempts to get feedback on this matter from Linden police station commissioner Colonel Mabalane Mohale were futile.
Details: Linden CPF, 083-212-0155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linden Neighbourhood Watch, 078-740-0396
Sector 2 (Linden, Aldarapark, Risidale, Montroux, Victory Park, Pierneef Park, Franklin Roosevelt Park) Vehicle, 071-675-6047
IN LINDEN TEN DAYS:
- Two murders.
- Four housebreakings.
- One theft out of a motor vehicle
- One stolen vehicle.
- One attempted vehicle theft.
- Two smash and grabs at the corner of Tana Road and Hofmeyr Drive, identified as a hotspot.