Crime on the increase, be alert

2016-03-04 06:00

KOKSTAD SAPS are warning visitors­ and the public about theft out of motor vehicles.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Dumusani Ncongo said as we approach the Easter holidays, people must be more vigilant and alert when leaving their vehicle.

From December 2015 to February theft out of motor vehicles, burglaries (residence and business) and business robbery have increased and are high.

"We warn the public to be more alert and aware during the upcoming holidays because of the increase of theft out of motor vehicles. Do not leave items such as firearms, laptops, cellphones, handbag and wallets lying openly in the vehicle," said Ncongo.

He said people must make double sure by physically checking that their vehicle is locked once the alarm is activated if the vehicle has one.
"Do not rely only on central locking or locking devices because criminals have a alarm-jamming devices. Do not park the vehicle for a long time in a quiet area and do not leave keys in the vehicle," said Ncongo.

Warning business and homeowners about burglaries, Ncongo said they must screen their helpers and make a copy of their ID, whether is a security guard, gardener, domestic worker or builders.

"People must take extra care of laptops, firearms, cellphones, flat-screen TVs, wallets and handbags. Do not forget to lock your garage door. Arrange for your lawn to be cut if you are going away for an extended period of time, leave lights on when you go out or if you are going to be away for any length of time," said Ncongo.

He cautioned businesses about robbery.
“Have have two or more employees open and close the business. Install an alarm system that is monitored, have surveillance cameras behind the cash register and facing front of the counter. Keep the outside doors in back rooms locked when not in use. Do not release personal information about employees to strangers and shred past employee records.
“Make regular bank deposits of money. Do not keep a large amount of money in a safe. Do careful reference checks on employees who are hired. Have polices in place concerning employees friends or relatives hanging around the business. “Train employees not to take risks, but to call the police if they see suspicious people inside or lurking outside of the business," warns Ngcongo.
- Supplied.

SAPS issue safety
guidance for
motorists and the public

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.