When my brother and his girlfriend arrived home from work, four criminals jumped out of their car and held them up at gun point. They were forced to lie down in the lounge. While one of the criminals held a gun to my brother and his girlfriends head, the others proceeded to steal all valuable items in the house, including my brother's world cup tickets, passport, ID, tickets to London and laptop.
Fortunately, my brother and his girlfriend were unharmed, but obviously they were left in total shock as their lives had be gravely threatened. After the criminals had left, to their credit, a huge number of police offers arrived at the scene.
Unfortunately, the police officers seemed inadequately prepared for the job at hand. The police officer who wrote up the case report could barely write. For instance, he spelt rob and "robb". Furthermore, soon after the robbery, with the help of MTN, my brother was able to access a GPS application and lookup the exact location of the robbers . No guesses where they were.. at the down town World Cup parade, of course.
My brother tried to teach one of the police officers how to use the GPS tracking application, but it was clear the police officer could not type or use a computer. Whats worse is that the police officers made no effort to hunt down the criminals even though they knew their location.
We later received word that the same criminals had robbed another house in the same neighbourhood earlier and had actually shot someone.
Conclusion: A large part of the reason why gang members are able to terrorize our neighbourhoods to such an extent is that there are few consequences for their actions. Criminals get away with these serious crimes, largely because our police service, although thankfully are adequately equipped in terms of pure head count, are still poorly trained and have little inclination to actually track and down find the perpetrators of even the most serious of crimes.
|Crime Category:||Break In - House|
|Crime Date/Time:||10 Jun 2010, 00:06 AM|
|Reported Date:||12 Jun 2010, 07:06 AM|