Increase in burglaries

2015-08-27 06:01

Police stations within the Uitenhage Cluster are concerned about the sudden increase in burglaries at residential homes and the theft out of motor vehicles in the area.

“We request the assistance of the community in our fight against crime by means of taking precautionary safety measures,” said W/O Gerda Swart, spokesperson of the SAPS Uitenhage Cluster.

Burglaries occur mainly during day time, when occupants have already left for work.

“The community should to be more vigilant and also report suspicious characters or vehicles to their nearest police station. Remember to write down the registration number of the vehicle, the colour and the make,” said W/O Swart.

The police request homeowners to:

*Install security gates at outside doors and keep them locked.

*Ensure that all your apertures are protected by quality security products.

*A good burglar alarm and deterrent security with armed response will help to protect your property.

*Get involved in sector policing in your area and keep your neighbour’s contact numbers handy.

*Don’t leave your garage, front or back door open or partially open – it serves as an invitation to burglars.

*Make provision for good outside lighting. Remember: outside lights that are on during the day draw the attention of thieves.

*Store your firearm in a safe and keep proper control over the keys at all times.

*When going away inform your neighbours, or make arrangements for your house to be watched and unusual activity to be noticed.

What to do if your house has been broken into:

*Contact your nearest police station immediately.

*Wait until fingerprints and statements are taken before touching or replacing anything (windows, etc.).

*Unless it is absolutely necessary, don’t allow private security companies to enter the house or touch anything before the police have investigated the scene.

*Look out for strange footprints in the garden and point them out to the police.

*A list of the make, model and serial numbers of electrical appliances and other valuable equipment should always be available for investigation purposes.

DESPATCH

041 933 8822/30/31

KAMESH

041 988 8700/18/19

KWANOBUHLE

041 978 8600/21/22

UITENHAGE

041 996 3438

EMERGENCY

041 996 3434/36

10111 (From landline)

CRIME STOP: 08600 10111

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