Concern over spike in Table View robberies

Table View civic organisations are concerned about a spate of robberies in the area.

There has been an increase in robberies along Potsdam Road, mostly cellphones taken from cars at intersections, according to Table View police spokeswoman Captain Adriana Chandler.

“The person is either talking on the phone or the phone is easily accessible to the thieves. People walking whilst texting or talking on their phone are also prone to become victims of robberies, where the phones are grabbed out of the hands of the victim,” said Captain Chandler.

The public should be alert to their surroundings, avoid using cellphones while walking or driving, and keep windows closed and doors locked at traffic lights, she said.

Table View Community Police Forum chairman David Harris said they had asked the City a year ago to install “hot spot” warning signs at the location but had heard nothing further.

Greater Table View Action Forum chairwoman Karen Davis said: “Over the last few years, we have shared warnings about this on our Facebook page as well as on WhatsApp groups.”

She urged the public to stash valuables out of sight, keep doors locked and ensure they could see the tyres on the car in front of them when at a traffic light so that they had room to manoeuvre.

The City did not respond to questions by deadline.