Hillcrest police urge vigilance

2017-05-02 06:01
Photo: SourcedBeing proactive can decrease break-ins into homes.

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THE Hillcrest police are urging the community to be proactive and practise safe habits ahead of the winter season.

According to Hillcrest police communications officer Constable N. Manqele, criminals look for quick and easy ways to break into homes and vehicles. He said that the community needs to be cautious with their belongings.

“Householders and car owners should be thinking ahead as a house that looks unoccupied and a car that is left unsecured are tempting to criminals,” said Manqele.

He said Hillcrest police officers will be increasing their high-visibility patrols during the hours of darkness over the winter months in a bid to cut crime, and they are encouraging residents to put a greater focus on their home and car security.

Manqele said that darker evenings and any lapse in security present fresh opportunities for the speculative thief.

“We do not want the darker evenings to provide an opportunity for criminals and the easiest way for someone to avoid becoming a victim of crime at this time of year is to make sure their property is well lit and windows and doors are all secured with the appropriate locks,” he said.

“Cars need to be in a locked garage or properly secure with an alarm system. Mag rims should be secured with lock nuts.”

He added that homeowners should not leave garden tools in their yard as these are often used to break into homes and attack homeowners.

Manqele said that the SAPS will be offering advice to the community on simple and cost-effective measures they can take to maximise security during winter.

Anyone requiring information or to report a crime, can contact the Hillcrest Police Station at 031 765 9116.

HILLCREST police are urging the community to be proactive and practise safety ahead of the winter season.

According to Hillcrest police communications officer Constable N Manqele criminals look for quick and easy ways to break into homes and vehicles. He said that the community needs to be cautious with their belongings.

“Householders and car owners should be thinking ahead as a house that looks unoccupied and a car that is left unsecured is tempting to criminals,” said Manqele.

He said the Hillcrest police force will be increasing high visibility patrols during the hours of darkness over winter months in a bid to cut crime - and are encouraging residents to put a greater focus on their home and car security.

Manqele said that darker evenings and any lapse in security present fresh opportunities for the speculative thief.

“We do not want the darker evenings to provide an opportunity for criminals and the easiest way for someone to avoid becoming the victim of crime at this time of year is to make sure their property is well lit and windows and doors are all secured with the appropriate locks,” he said.

“Cars need to be in a locked garage or properly secure with an alarm system. Mag rims should be secure with lock nuts.”

In addition he added that homeowners should not leave garden tools in their yard.

“Most cases that we register at SAPS is homes being broken into with a garden tool that was lying in the yard or the owner even attacked with the tool,” he said.

Manqele said that SAPS will be offering advice to the community on simple and cost effective measures they can take to maximize safety and security during the darker months ahead.

Anyone requiring information or to report crime should contact the Hillcrest police on 031 765 9116.

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