Recent crime trends a concern FROM PAGE 1Crime trends a concern

2016-10-11 06:00

Mohlmann said, however, that some people create an opportunity for criminals to target them.

“Residents are not arming their homes,” she said.

“Security comes in three layers, one - community security such as neighbourhood watches and community­ police forums, two - outside beams and three - inside alarms.”

Kloof Community Police Forum chairperson Corné Broodryk also attributed the crime trend to the use and demand for drugs across the Upper Highway area and the lack of police resources.

“Police never have enough resource and it’s pointless hoping that this will change.

“Communities who stand together­, share the resource costs and come up with their own support structures, in conjunction with SAPS, are seeing results.

“We see a marketed decrease in crime when communities stand together with security companies and the various role players.

“The role of these structures is to reduce the opportunity for crime to take place,” he added.

Steven King of SA Community Crime Watch also agreed with these sentiments, however, he said people need to also focus on what to do when the situation arises.

He urged the community to be vigilant, be prepared and most of all, be pro-active.

How not to become a victim

• If you leave windows open to allow air at home keep valuables away from windows or out of sight.

• Close windows when you are not at home.

• Shrubs, bushes and trees grow fast in summer months - keep foliage in and around your property trimmed.

• Don’t leave ladders, spades or tools outside as these can be used as break-in tools.

• Ensure windows are fitted with good-quality burglar bars.

• When going out ensure you lock and secure all windows and doors – sliding doors can be secured simply by placing a piece of timber cut to size in the sliding rail.

• Secure garden sheds, storage huts and domestic quarters.

• Ensure your perimeter fencing and/or wall is in good condition and that there is adequate lighting around your garden and home.

• Consider installing outside beams, and if already installed ensure they are activated at night or when you are out.

• Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

If something or someone seems out of place, contact the local SAPS or your private security company immediately.

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