Join forces, reduce crime

2017-03-28 06:03

THE Hillcrest SAPS and SA Community Crime Watch advise the community to be more vigilant as house robberies, business robberies and car hijackings are on the increase in the area.

Constable N. Manqele, Hillcrest SAPS communications officer, said although police made some good arrests, serious crimes continue to increase. “Our men in blue are following up on every lead to apprehend the perpetrators, but we can only be successful with community participation.

“We encourage the community to report every case no matter how trivial they think it may be,” he said.

Steven King, founder of SA Community Crime Watch, also urged the public to contact the police if they have information regarding crime.

He said the community should also join the CPF and neighbourhood watch patrols.

“The more volunteers we have the better. We can cover more areas at once, and keep criminals out of our neighbourhood.

“Police cannot be patrolling everywhere at once, and the more eyes and ears we have the better,” King added.

King offered tips to not become a victim of crime:

• If you leave windows open to allow cool air in your home be sure to keep valuables away from windows or out of sight.

• Close windows when you are not at home to avoid tempting opportunistic criminals.

• Shrubs, bushes and trees tends to grow much faster during the summer months – please ensure that foliage is kept trimmed to improve visibility in and around your property.

• Don’t leave ladders, spades or tools outside as these can be excellent break-in tools.

• Ensure windows are fitted with good quality burglar bars.

• When going out ensure you lock and secure all windows and doors – sliding doors can be secured simply by placing a piece of timber cut to size in the sliding rail.

• Always secure garden sheds, storage huts and domestic quarters.

• Ensure your perimeter fencing/walls are in good condition and that there is adequate lighting around your garden and home.

• Consider installing outside beams as an added security measure and if already installed ensure they are activated at night or when you are out.

• It is extremely important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. If something or someone seems out of place, contact the local SAPS or your private security company immediately.

To join CPF or find out more about the neighbourhood watches, and to report crime, contact Hillcrest SAPS on 031 765 9116.

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