FOLLOWING a number of reports of burglaries in business and residential areas in Kokstad, SAPS have warned communities about thieves who target homes that are left unguarded. In some cases, thieves allegedly cut alarm wires and entered through ceilings.According to SAPS, a shop on 71 Main Street in Kokstad was left in good condition on October 3. When shop owners returned to the shop the next day, they were greeted by broken roof tiles and shop items to the value of R5 500 had been stolen. On the same day, a business burglary was reported from another shop in Main Street where thieves had used the roof ceiling to gain entry. Items to the value of R8 800 had been stolen. “Community members have lost valuable items like TV sets, radios, and laptops and we want communities to reinforce security in their homes,” said SAPS spokesman Captain Dumisani Ncongo. Ncongo said a woman from Shayamoya was in church when thieves broke into her house and stole items valued at R7 900. Ncongo also warned drivers to be vigilant when leaving their vehicles in Kokstad town. “There is a problem of criminals who target vehicles with NP, EC, ND, FS and GP car registration numbers in Kokstad town and steal laptops, hand bags, groceries and money,” Ncongo advised. A case of theft from a motor vehicle was opened after a 31-year-old man from Horseshoe reported two stolen car tyres last Saturday. Another woman from Murray Street had reported three missing car tyres on the same day.Ncongo warned the public not to leave cars unguarded.