Metro police officer Constable Nikki Horne and his colleague joined a property crime unit to stop the robberies in the Rondebosch East suburb.
The property crime unit works closely with neighbourhood watch groups‚ private security firms and CCTV security operations centres, TimesLIVE reported.
Horne, who formerly worked as party of the gang and drugs task team to take crimes in the Cape Flats‚ joined the team in February and has since worked hard to bust robbers, including the crowbar gang.
According to Horne, the notorious gang robs homes when most people are at work and it takes them no longer than 15 minutes to take what they want and get out.
Neighbourhood watch chairperson Abdurrab Ahmed Anwari said the joint operation with the property task team looked promising.
He added the neighbourhood watch would not physically take on the criminals, but via a WhatsApp group they could tip off the cops.
The task unit was established due to the alarming rate of robberies in the Cape Town suburb. According to crimestatssa.com, the area was hit with 400 robberies last year alone.
If the pilot project appears successful, the City would add six more SAPS officers to the team.
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