Domestic workers targeted - be aware

2016-09-06 06:00

BURGLARS normally target homes during the day when nobody is at home, and while this still rings true, criminals are now targeting homes when people are home.

This trend is spreading across Durban with domestic workers being the common victims of these robberies.

The current modus operandi is:

• accosting residents and/or domestic workers in the garden and/or driveway;

• posing as municipal workers to be let inside the premises;

• following the domestic worker to their place of work;

• calling the domestic worker to the gate and then brandishing a weapon in order to be let in; and

• entering through open doors and windows

In light of these trends, it is essential that anyone that is at home during the day, be it you, a domestic worker, gardener, construction workers or a house-sitter, be alert and undertake the necessary security measures and precautions to prevent falling victim to these crimes.
Domestic workers are particularly targeted by these day-time robbers and it is therefore integral that you notify them about these trends and how to react to any of the above-mentioned situations.

Tips to give your domestic worker:

• Should anyone unexpected and/or uninvited approach the premises, do not let them into the premises or approach the gate to talk to them. Speak to them through an intercom or from the house. Contact your employer to find out if they are expecting anyone.

• Ensure that they have your security company and SAPS numbers on their phone.

• Arm your external beams when inside the house and ensure that all security gates and doors are locked.

• Do not leave keys in the security gates

• Leave keys on the inside of the external door so that the door can be locked quickly should the need arise.

• Should someone ring the doorbell, do not say that nobody is at home, rather say that they are unavailable and you will take a message.

• Should you have to go outside, look through the windows first to ensure that nobody is outside.
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