Security warning for domestic workers

2017-01-17 06:01

HILLCREST SAPS is urging residents and domestic workers to be vigilant as they are increasingly being targeted by criminals.

There have been a few armed robberies in the Upper Highway area where domestic workers were targeted in broad daylight in the past few months.

Communications officer for Hillcrest SAPS Constable N. Manqele said the modus operandi in most incidents is the same.

“Men dress up in municipal overalls and ring the bell claiming they are there to read meters, etc. In most cases these men are let into the yard and rob the home,” he said.

Manqele urged residents to be cautious when letting people onto their property. He said residents should contact the police or their security company if is anyone loiters at their home.

Blue Security’s Darren Le Grange advised residents to set the following “security rules” for the home and to regularly remind domestic workers what to do in the case of an emergency.

• Never open the gate or door to anyone unless you have given a specific instruction about a repairman who is expected to arrive.

• If you need the domestic worker to open up for a plumber or an electrician provide her with the name and a physical description of the repairman.

• If you are expecting a delivery give her the name of the company that is delivering the goods and tell her to accept the goods through the gate if possible, rather than opening up.

• Never give out personal information such as the times that you arrive home from work to people who call the house during the day.

• Before opening the door to hang up washing or sweep verandahs, try and check through the windows to make sure there is no one outside waiting to pounce.

• Show her how to read the water and electricity meters so there will be no need to let even the legitimate meter reader into the property.

Alternatively, you can call the municipality once a month to give them your meter readings.


- Supplied.

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

/News
 

How to get rid of fleas

Before you call in the pricey exterminators, try this DIY approach that promises to get your flea problem under control.

 
 

Paws

12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.