Weekend crime report for Ballito and Tongaat

Umhlali SAPS reported the following crimes:

  • There were twenty cases of possession of dagga opened at Umhlali SAPS over the weekend.
  • A burglary took place on Friday in Tinley Manor. A wallet, cash, ID, laptop and a cell phone valued at R8610 were stolen.
  • One person was arrested for drinking and driving in Ballito on Saturday.
  • A case of intimidation was reported at Ballito on Saturday.
  • A case of common assault was opened at Ballito on Saturday.
  • An incident of sexual assault took place at Shaka’s Head on Saturday.
  • An inquest was opened for a suicide that took place at Ballito on Sunday.
  • A case of common assault was opened at Shaka’s Head on Sunday.
  • A rape was reported to SAPS on Sunday. The victim reported that her boyfriend and his friend were having drinkings at their house. After they all went to sleep, one of her boyfriend’s friends reportedly raped her.

Contact Umhlali SAPS at 032 947 2252.

Tongaat SAPS are concerned about the high number of ATM-related crimes occurring. They have appealed to the community to be vigilant at all times when making a cash withdrawal from an ATM and report anything suspicious to the police. Anyone loitering around ATMs should be reported immediately. They shared the following tips to keep in mind when using the ATM.

The rules for ATM safety

Be aware of your surroundings before you draw money from an ATM.

  • Never give your card or PIN to anyone, for any reason.
  • Don’t write your PIN on the card or anything that is kept with the card.
  • Do not insert your card until asked to do so by the display screen.
  • Never use an ATM with a blank screen and, if the ATM is obscured from view or poorly lit, leave immediately and find another ATM.
  • Stand close to the ATM and use your body and hand as a shield to make sure nobody sees you keying in your pin.
  • Keep your hand over the card slot to ensure nobody can swap or steal your card.
  • Criminals often work in teams – one to distract you while the other steals your card or money.
  • If your card is retained (swallowed) by the ATM it is advisable to phone your bank toll-free stop card line immediately and stop your card.
  • Never allow a bystander to call the toll-free stop card line on your behalf – they could be tricking you into thinking your card has been stopped.
  • Guards are placed at ATMs to discourage criminal activities and therefore cannot help you with transactions. If you need help, ask a bank official.
  • It is advisable to set a daily ATM withdrawal limit at your branch.
  • Report to 10111 immediately in the following cases: If an ATM has been damaged or if any unknown items protrude from it; if smoke or flames are visible as this is a sure sign of a pending explosion (also move away from the ATM immediately) and if you see suspicious activity/persons at or near an ATM.

Contact Tongaat SAPS at 032-9449945.

 

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Erica Abrahams
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