Residents advised that new appliance packaging may attract crime

2018-11-13 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDBoxes left out on the verge let thieves know what is worth stealing in your house.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDBoxes left out on the verge let thieves know what is worth stealing in your house.

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THROWING away new appliance boxes and packaging without first putting them into a plastic bag is thought to cause thieves to target certain houses.

According to Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith, the Hillcrest police have noticed an increase in house break-ins and house robberies.

“The increasing numbers are being created by the public’s negligence when taking out their trash, especially boxes of appliance that ‘invite’ thieves to break-in and steal the newly-bought appliances,” she explained.

“We are pleading with the community to be more vigilant when disposing of packaging of their newly bought appliances,” she said.

Smith also urged the public to keep valuables locked away safely.

“Always put equipment and items like bicycles away and not visible in the yard.

“If possible, we are asking the community to keep records of all serial numbers of appliances like TV’s, microwaves and other items of value with serial numbers, including jewellery,” further explained Smith. Doing so will make their investigation a little easier when property is recovered.

“When items with serial numbers are stolen we circulate each item. When anything is recovered, it will reflect the owner’s details on the system,” Smith explained.

She reiterated that leaving boxes of newly purchased items like TV’s, XBox’s, and PlayStation’s out on the verge is also the same as putting a notice up for suspects patrolling around to see.

Smith advised that residents should fold all boxes up or dispose of them without leaving them in plain sight so that they do not contribute to be precipitating factors for future house break-ins or robberies.

“By leaving those boxes in plain sight, you are inviting the thieves to break into your house then rob you of all your newly bought appliances,” advised the captain.

For more information contact Captain Linzi Smith at 031 765 9124


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