DUE to the increase of house break-ins the management of SAPS Amanzimtoti advises the community to be more vigilant. “The recent event, where suspects involved in house break-ins in the area fled the scene, were chased and one fatally injured, bears reference,” SAPS PRO Captain Charlene van der Spuy stated.The following tips are suggested:• Ensure the gates, garage doors and windows are closed and locked when you are home and when leaving the house.• Ensure safety gates are locked at all times. During the day and at night. Add extra locking mechanisms on roll gates to prevent suspects from derailing it.• When making use of an alarm system, ensure it is activated and linked to a security monitoring company. • Get clarity with regards to reaction times by security companies as suspects are aware of how much time they have to get in and out of your property after an alarm is activated.• Remember, any open window no matter how small creates an opportunity for potential house breakers.• Do not leave handbags, car keys, etc., in plain sight or near any open window.• When leaving your house for an extended time, have a neighbour or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. Have someone house-sit if possible. • Get to know your neighbours and the vehicles they drive as well as their contact numbers in case of emergencies.• When there is any activity out of the ordinary on your neighbour’s premises you should feel free to give them a call to clarify that everything is okay. • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer if possible. A well-lit house serves as a deterrent for potential house breakers at night.• When buying new items do not leave the empty boxes outside. • Report any suspicious persons, vehicles, activities to the police, CCPO or the armed response units you are linked to. “Despite the tips we have provided above, we can never be too careful or too prepared, but by observing these tips, we may avoid becoming victims,” said Van der Spuy. - Supplied.