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Former gang boss reveals how homes are broken into

The former gang boss says homeowners are often closely watched before their homes are burgled.

A former 28’s gang boss, who did not want to be named, speaks to EWN in an exclusive interview on 19 December 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A onetime 28s gang leader has told Eyewitness News homeowners are often closely watched before their homes are burgled.

The former gang boss who was speaking in an exclusive interview and did not want to be named, says gangs have networks of people who monitor a family's movements.

He says gangsters use an intricate network of communication including cellphones, google maps and social media to track the movements of their targets.

His warning comes as many homeowners leave on holiday at the start of the festive season.

"We put somebody to watch your house so we know how many people are in the house and then monitor the people."

He's advised home owner to ensure that there are no tell-tale signs of their absence.

Video: Confessions of a gangster.

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