GREYTOWN residents have seen an increase in the crime rate over the past few weeks. The theft of gate batteries has increased – according to security firms, these are stolen either to be sold as scrap or to be used in a lethal whoonga mix. The thefts have been taking place during the day and night.Last Thursday a family living near the old Dundee road were held up by three armed robbers just before 6am. The couple and their son were tied up - the robbers took a vehicle and cash and drove off.Later that day a Muden man, who was depositing money in a Pine Street bank, was held up in the street and the bags of cash he was carrying were stolen.Greytown police and security firm personnel have appealed to homeowners to exercise caution and install security as far as possible. Anyone who sees anything suspicious or out of the ordinary is requested to contact G911 on 033 417 2911) so that action can be taken. Active neighbourhood watch groups pass on alerts from residents in that group who have noticed suspicious looking strangers or vehicles in the area.Greytown SAPS advise all to be aware, alert and communicate.