THE theft in a Matrix shop recently has left the owner questioning her safety.
“We are supposed to be safe here, but we don’t feel safe,” said Matrix Sweet Shop owner, Carla Mendes.
The theft took place in the shop two weeks ago. Closed-circuit television footage shows the unknown male entering the Matrix, walking into the shop and looking around. He is then seen walking out and re-entering the shop to grab a cellphone, which was on a shelf in a corner next to the till, before walking out of the centre.
Mendes, who has owned the shop for the past 10 years, suspects it was a non-student who stole her BlackBerry Curve 9300.
“It’s happening a lot. My main concern is how they [thieves] get on campus, because they are obviously not students,” she said.
Wits Stationers, who had a similar problem during the World Cup last year when supporterT-shirts were being stolen, also suspected non-students. “You could see they were not students. I don’t know where they came from,” said Portia Mbhele, who works in the shop.
According to acting Campus Control head, Falaza Maluleke, it is students and staff who allow the thieves access to the campus.
“Most of the suspects are being swiped and let in by students and staff at our turnstiles.”
Vuvuzela spoke to a few students to find out whether they let strangers onto campus.
Mahlatse Mashile, a 4th year civil engineering student, said: “No. I don’t swipe in random [people] because they come in and destroy stuff.”
Another student, who would not reveal her name, said she swiped people in without checking whether they were students or not.
‘I don’t even look at them. I just let them in,” she said.
Doing so is dangerous, however.
“Swiping and letting in strangers at the turnstiles is a threat to the university community and its assets,” said Maluleke, who advised students and staff to stop doing so.
“Safety and security is everyone’s responsibility.”