WITH the festive season at the door step, the public is warned to adhere to SAPS safety tips to avoid becoming a victim this season. According to Verulam SAPS, there has been an increased number of reported house break-ins in the area. Police spokesperson Captain Henry Kisten warned residents to ensure that doors and windows are locked at all the times and alarm systems are activated. “If you leave your residence, going on an holiday, inform your family or your neighbour. Ensure that the alarm system is connected to an armed response company,” Kisten said, also advising the public to refrain from posting on social media about their trips. Kisten offered some further advice: “Do not purchase any items from persons coming to your home which you might suspect to be stolen, rather report it to the police. Become part of your local neighbourhood watches and street communities. Assist the police by becoming their eyes and hears in their fight against this crime.”Kisten said the Verulam SAPS will increase visibility in the form of vehicle patrols, road blocks, stop and searches and foot patrols in high crime spots.“The police will also conduct raids at second-hand dealer shops and scrap yards,” Kisten said. — Supplied.