Crime on the increase, be alert

2016-03-04 06:00

KOKSTAD SAPS are warning visitors­ and the public about theft out of motor vehicles.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Dumusani Ncongo said as we approach the Easter holidays, people must be more vigilant and alert when leaving their vehicle.

From December 2015 to February theft out of motor vehicles, burglaries (residence and business) and business robbery have increased and are high.

"We warn the public to be more alert and aware during the upcoming holidays because of the increase of theft out of motor vehicles. Do not leave items such as firearms, laptops, cellphones, handbag and wallets lying openly in the vehicle," said Ncongo.

He said people must make double sure by physically checking that their vehicle is locked once the alarm is activated if the vehicle has one.
"Do not rely only on central locking or locking devices because criminals have a alarm-jamming devices. Do not park the vehicle for a long time in a quiet area and do not leave keys in the vehicle," said Ncongo.

Warning business and homeowners about burglaries, Ncongo said they must screen their helpers and make a copy of their ID, whether is a security guard, gardener, domestic worker or builders.

"People must take extra care of laptops, firearms, cellphones, flat-screen TVs, wallets and handbags. Do not forget to lock your garage door. Arrange for your lawn to be cut if you are going away for an extended period of time, leave lights on when you go out or if you are going to be away for any length of time," said Ncongo.

He cautioned businesses about robbery.
“Have have two or more employees open and close the business. Install an alarm system that is monitored, have surveillance cameras behind the cash register and facing front of the counter. Keep the outside doors in back rooms locked when not in use. Do not release personal information about employees to strangers and shred past employee records.
“Make regular bank deposits of money. Do not keep a large amount of money in a safe. Do careful reference checks on employees who are hired. Have polices in place concerning employees friends or relatives hanging around the business. “Train employees not to take risks, but to call the police if they see suspicious people inside or lurking outside of the business," warns Ngcongo.
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