Enjoy a night out while safe

2017-05-09 06:00

With many people going out to enjoy their weekends and special occasions, the Woodstock police have decided to issue a reminder to residents to remain safe and to keep their property secured while they are away from home.

Spokesperson Sergeant Hilton Malila says home security is a critical component of any personal security programme. They have decided to give these safety tips to prevent house breaking and car theft.

At home

. Keep all doors locked.

. Do not leave a spare key hidden outside the home.

. Ensure that animals are fed while you are away.

. Ask a friend or colleague to check your home periodically during your absence.

. Lock all your valuables in a sturdy safe.

. If possible install burglar bars and gates in front of all doors and windows that can open and get an alarm system.

. Know your neighbours, and look out for each other.

. Know your family’s movements, especially that of your children.

. Do not drive away before your gate has closed.

. Let a family member wait for you in the driveway if you come home late and ensure your driveway is well lit.

. Do not get out of your car before the gate has closed behind you.

. If your gate won’t open with the remote, do not get out. Call a person in the house for help or drive away and ask the police to help you.

. Teach young children never to allow strangers into the home.

. Never give the impression that you are home alone.

. Never advertise your absence on social media.

Car safety

. Always keep the car doors locked and windows closed or only a few millimetres open.

. Leave enough manoeuvring space between your car and the one in front of you.

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