SAPS warns community of rising number of break-ins

2018-09-25 06:00
Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith advises the community on home safety and asks that they be vigilant.PHOTO: phindile shozi

Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith advises the community on home safety and asks that they be vigilant.PHOTO: phindile shozi

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EVERY month there are new cases of house break-ins reported in the Upper Highway area. As such, the Hillcrest SAPS are pleading with the community to be cautious when storing their valuables.

Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith said that they have noted with concern the number of break-ins and robberies reported recently, saying:“We have noticed an increase in house break-ins and house robberies.”

Smith asks that the community be more vigilant in putting equipment and items, like bicycles, away and to not leave them visible in their yards.

“At night they should keep their security gates locked if leaving doors open whilst watching TV as thefts are on the increase and items that are not stored away safely are left in full view and this amounts to precipitating factors in allowing perpetrators to come onto the properties and take these items, including garden furniture,” explained the captain.

She stated that, if doors and security gates are left open, it allows easy access for the thieves to get in.

The communication officer advised that community members should try and keep the entrances to their property and fencing clear of shrubs and bushes, allowing more visibility and more lighting.

“That way it will be easy for them to spot anything or anyone who looks suspicious and they can seek help immediately even before anything happens,” she said.

Smith also pleaded with the community to clearly number their houses if they are reporting any incident.

“Our vehicles sometimes find it difficult to find a specific house when attending or responding to complaints as the houses aren’t clearly numbered or marked and it becomes very frustrating, especially when we are attending to an [active] crime scene.

“We already have to police a vast area of over 400km2 with the same road names in the different suburbs. It just makes it easier to find an address quicker if numbered properly.”

In conclusion, the captain said that, by working together with the community, they can reduce the criminal activities that are taking place in the Upper Highway community.

For more information the community can contact Captain Linzi Smith at 031 765 9124.

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