Christmas is around the corner and so too criminals waiting to take advantage of our ever-increasing festive spirit.
The holidays usually see a spike in crime and police have already noted an increase in house and business robberies, as well as hijackings. We trust that this notice will not drive everyone to hysterics, but rather help you to understand the dangers that do exist and how this can be mitigated.
While police will intensify operations over the holiday period, community members are requested to ensure their properties and belongings are properly protected against criminals.
Suspicious-looking people, vehicles and activities must be reported to the police immediately.Residents can play an important part by taking simple, precautionary measures:
• Don't leave your gates, garage, front or back door open or partially open.
• Never open the door automatically whenever the bell rings or if someone knocks.
• When employing someone, request their identity document and make a copy thereof for safekeeping. Check their previous employment references and do security clearances at the police.
• If you have an alarm, use it.
• Link your alarm to an armed response company that you trust and ensure that you set your alarm when away or while sleeping.
• Keep gates locked.
Entering & Existing your Complex
• When approaching your complex entrance by foot or by car ensure that it is safe to enter and that you have not been followed.
• Be aware of persons loitering at the entrance.
• Avoid tailgating. Wait at your gate until it closes behind you. A known way of entering a complex unlawfully is by tailgating. If you remain in your locked car, your chances of stopping a potential robber are much higher, and you will assist in the safety of your fellow residents.
• Do not give keys or remotes to people who do not live on the property or to anyone if it is not absolutely necessary.
• Know your neighbors and build a relationship of mutual trust and support.
• It is always best to arrange with persons living in the same complex as you to be ready at all times to come to the rescue of one another in dangerous or suspicious times.
• Exchange phone numbers or signaling methods when you find yourself in distress. Your strength always lies in how many people are able to support you in an emergency.
• If you buy luxury goods, cut up the boxes and dispose of these in tied black bags — a branded box is a telltale sign of what robbers could find in your house.
• Keep cash and valuables in banks or safes.
• Store your firearms in a safe.
The mere thought of you and your loved ones being a target of a crime is possibly one of our worst nightmares.
Ensure that you are fully prepared and vigilant at all times, but even more so prior to the festive season.
Stay safe during the festive season.