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Kuils River farmers concerned by robberies

The so-called balaclava gang has been targetting properties in the Cape Winelands.

FILE: A group of thieves, dubbed the balaclava gang, have been targeting properties in the Cape Winelands. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police have not been able to clamp down on rising crime in the Kuils River because resources are stretched, a local farmer said on Wednesday.

Some 30 concerned farmers gathered at the Kuils River police station on Tuesday to raise concerns with officials.

A group of thieves, dubbed the balaclava gang, have been targetting properties in the Cape Winelands.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said a team was established to investigate the robberies.

But Langverwacht farm owner Robert le Roux is not convinced.

"There are quite a few big problems and it's difficult to manage. We are going to have to see how police deal with it. Unfortunately, I think they are thinly stretched."

Policing analyst Eldred de Klerk says the South African Police Service's perceived non-performance cannot be pinned on a lack of resources.

De Klerk suggests police adapt their strategies.

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