With an upsurge in robberies involving e-hailing drivers and online sellers, police are requesting them to consider taking their services outside of the Browns Farm area, in Nyanga.

Police say they recorded several incidents in March alone.

The precinct saw a slight decrease in reported cases following arrests made between September and October 2022.

In September, a 51-year-old Glencairn man was robbed and attacked in the Brown’s Farm area. He died after being stabbed during the ordeal.

Three suspects were arrested the same month for another robbery in the area.

Meanwhile, six teenagers aged between 15 and 17 were also apprehended by the Nyanga crime prevention unit on 12 October 2022 for a similar robbery attempt in Brown’s Farm. Cellphones confiscated from the arrested teenagers by police as part of their investigation into the attempted robbery revealed the suspects had been chatting to several potential victims.

A week thereafter, Nyanga police arrested a 17 year old teenage girl after a man was robbed as he delivered Marketplace-advertised goods.

But the incidents recorded have since gone up again.

The police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa says they’re collaborating with community safety structures to patrol hotspots.

“Nyanga police together with the local Community Police Forum and neighbourhood watch members continue to patrol the identified hotspots and deployments have increased. On a community engagement front the Nyanga police continually sensitise community members about reporting crime taking place in their precincts”.