Raisethorpe business owners concerned over crime spike

Robbery at Molly's Dr Chota Motala Road,Raisethorpe. –Pic Shan Pillay



Yolan Govender, the owner of Molly’s Fruit and Veg said he was grateful no staff members were injured when four armed men robbed the store last Friday.

However, despite no injuries sustained during the robbery, other business owners within the Raisethorpe CBD precinct have raised concerns about the increase in crime in the area.

Some businesses have opted to have visible security personnel frequent their property.

“We’ve hired security companies and installed surveillance cameras, but that still does not stop criminals from taking chances,” said Ameen Singh, the owner of a clothing store on Manchester Road.

Mountain Rise police spokesperson, Captain Gay Ebrahim, attributed the latest rise in crime in the growing business precinct to criminals seeking vulnerable spots, such as isolated ATMs and businesses with minimal security.

She cautioned that businesses should beef-up their security as a precautionary measure.

“Police are deployed to protect the community, but combating crime is more effective if we all work together; if community members and business owners also help towards a common goal of eradicating crime,” urged Ebrahim.

Ebrahim confirmed the four men forced an entry into Molly’s demanding cash at around 6.30 pm last Friday.

“The suspects demanded for people in the shop to lie down and took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot,” said Ebrahim.

Police investigations continue.

Bongeka Sibisi

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