In an effort to ensure the safety of school children, Magenta Security has issued a stern advisory to parents and schools to exercise caution regarding the presence of dubious individuals loitering near school premises.
Detailing the sequence of events, Magenta Security’s Deon Laubscher revealed that the unsettling episode transpired on 24 August 2023.
Acting on a tipoff, Magenta responded to a call regarding the presence of the two suspicious men in close proximity to the school. The men were observed studying the schoolchildren as they exited the premises. “They were standing at the intersection of Rietbok Avenue and Gemsbok Avenue, seemingly waiting for specific children,” Laubscher explained.
Upon confrontation by Magenta personnel, the men made an attempt to flee but were intercepted along Gemsbok Avenue. “We questioned them on why they were there, and when they couldn’t provide answers, we asked if they had any weapons on them,” disclosed Laubscher.
Subsequent to the question, the situation took a disconcerting turn as the individuals produced a large knife. This alarming development prompted the Magenta staff to deduce that the men’s intentions likely involved targeting school pupils as they left the premises, potentially for the purpose of robbery.
However, as no criminal act had been committed at the time, the security team was obliged to release the men, albeit confiscating the knife.
These opportunistic men’s brief period of freedom was short lived, as they were apprehended in Hutten Heights over the weekend. On this occasion, they were found attempting to trespass into private properties and tamper with residents’ washing lines.
In a twist of events, community members intervened and subjected the suspects to physical assault before handing them over to the authorities.
In the hopes of safeguarding scholars, Laubscher stressed, “When children leave school and walk home, they are often on their cellphones, and this makes them targets to criminals. Also, when walking home, children should rather walk in groups.”
If children are forced to walk alone, he encouraged them to take note of their surroundings and if they saw a strange adult lurking on their route, it was better to call for help or seek an alternative route.
Amidst the prevailing trend of criminals focusing on schoolchildren after school hours, readers are invited to share their perspectives on this matter in the comments section below.
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*Information supplied by Magenta Security. If you have further questions on the subject you can direct them to the local security company.