Police warn of bogus Telkom workers

KZN police warn people in Durban and surrounding areas to be aware of the resurgence of a modus operandi used by criminals to commit robberies.

Homeowners have been robbed of their household items and other valuables by criminals who pretend to be municipal or Telkom employees.

KZN police spokesman, Lt/Col Thulani Zwane, said a group of four or five men, wearing municipal or Telkom work-wear as well as reflector jackets and mostly travelling in a Hyundai H100 pick-up truck or a bakkie approach homes, pretending to be there for meter readings or other maintenance purposes.

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As soon as the occupants open the gate for them, they hold them up at gunpoint and rob them of valuables.

“Municipal employees do not come in groups when conducting meter readings and they are usually on foot. No Telkom employee will come into your house if you have not reported any fault with their customer services. Communities must always be alert and should not allow strangers into their homes,” said Zwane.

He added that homeowners must ensure they educate their family members as well as their domestic employees to always be cautious.

“If one is suspicious of people at your property, you should request them to produce their identification cards and verify it with the relevant authorities.”

 

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Sanelisiwe Tsinde
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