Three men in a Silver Polo attempted to break into a house in Salt Rock on Sunday and, after being frightened off, moved on to hit another home in broad daylight.
The men first attempted to force their way into a house in Crest Road. They lifted the gate off its rails and were in the process of breaking through the front door when the family dog went ballistic and they fled.
According to Ballito Neighbourhood Watch chairmen Gary Frances they then proceeded to Dunkirk Road where they managed to gain access to a home and held up the residents.
“They broke the gate motor and entered the house where a retired couple were hosting some family.”
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Frances told the Courier that the men were armed with a screwdriver, a knife and a handgun.
Umhlali SAPS spokesperson captain Vinny Pillay said the family dog also warned them in this case. But by the time the homeowners got to the door to investigate the disturbance the men were already entering the house.
“One man entered and threatened to stab the homeowners with a screwdriver.”
Pillay said the men locked the family in a room before escaping with goods to the value of R46 000.
According to Frances, the three men were well spoken and warned the family that if they cooperated, they would not be harmed.
Frances praised the efforts of local security companies for their swift responses.
“Several years ago we created a WhatsApp group for all the local stakeholders in the security field, including SAPS, and the level of cooperation has been fantastic. The Ballito Reaction Group allows everyone to stay in contact and we hope it will only get better and help us to react to crime faster than ever before.”
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