POLICE in KwaZulu-Natal are warning residents to be alert at all times and not to allow strangers into their homes. This warning comes after reported incidents in the province where criminals gained entrance to properties under false pretences in order to rob the occupants. Often they will arrive clad in blue work wear and when the victims open the gate, they are then be robbed of their valuables. The community needs to be cautious and alert at all times. Do not let the strangers into your home, ask for an identity document or work identification card as proof of employment. There is a trend where criminals arrive in luxury vehicles and hoot at the gates. Most often the owners never check before opening the gates. Criminals are employing this modus operandi as they are aware that most residents are very lax. — Supplied.