Community Watch tips on crime prevention

2016-10-05 06:00

ONE of the main objectives of the recently established Community Watch in Greytown is to create an awareness about what action can be taken to prevent crime through the involvement of residents, in co-operaiton with security firms, police and neighbours.

There has been a very positive response all round following a spate of thefts and break-ins throughout the town.

To ensure that as many as possible are informed about to what to do and what precautions to take Community Watch held a meeting last Thursday for domestic employees, who are often left in charge while their employers are at work or away. The meeting was rated as very informative and successful by the 70-plus who attended.

At the meeting Community Watch personnel issued the following security advice:

• Don’t leave keys in gate or lock.

• Keep security gates locked at all times.

• Employees must check with their employers first if a deliver, survey, unknown person arrives unexpectedly.

• Before going outside to hang up washing or to garden, etc., check no one is lurking in the yard or on the pavement.

• Always leave internal keys on the inside of the door so if an intruder tries to beak in you have time to lock yourself in.

• If keys are lost or misplaced employees should inform employers so that locks can be changed if necessary.

• When answering the phone, say your employer is not available - do not say they are not at home.

• When walking to and from a taxi or bus - try to walk in a group rather than alone.

• Employees should not tell anyone (even family) where or what valuables are in the home.

• Make sure your security company's contact numbers and that of the local police are on your phone.

If someone does break in to the house:

• Know who to call, how to report the break-in and detailed address, also employer's contact details and who else to call in an emergency.

• Make sure there is a list of emergency numbers easily available and that these numbers are on your phone.
The next Community Watch meeting will take place at the Moth Hall on Thursday 11 September at 6.30pm.

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