THE controlled levels of crime in Umbilo serve as no reason for the residents in the area and surrounds to drop their guard during the festive season. This warning comes from Umbilo Community Policing Forum chairperson Ben Madokwe. Madokwe yesterday urged residents not to drop their guard in the fight against crime during the festive season. He also said while crime figures had dropped, homeowners needed to be viligant at all times. The CPF was unpacking its plans for the festive season at the Penzance Primary School hall (Esther Roberts Road) on Monday night. In recent times, the battle against housebreakings has been successfully won with the active involvement of the Glenwood and Glenmore community watch committees and the constant visibility (especially at night) of private security companies. Madokwe said crimes such as property crime, car theft, hijacking and business robbery had been considerably reduced in the community. “We wanted to discuss crime trends and safety concerns of the public. We want to inform residents on what to do,” he said. He cautioned homeowners that they should not leave their houses under minimal supervision or empty. “Make sure there’s always someone in the house.” Residents were also advised to make sure that their cellphones and home appliances were fitted with tracking devices. Visible prostitution on Che Guevera (Moore) Road has been a major concern, not only for residents but for local businesses that were being negatively impacted on. “We are trying to appeal to these young people to desist from getting involved in the trade. Business is taking a knock and their customers are running away because of them. “As long as some men keep supporting them, they won’t stop. The trade is also related to drug syndicates.” The CPF also unveiled its plans to roll out a “Stop buying stolen goods” campaign early next year, to urge residents to refrain from buying goods from individuals without verifying whether or not they were stolen.