Housebreaking incidents problematic in Scottsville

2018-01-17 06:01

CRIME in Scottsville over the festive season was reportedly down, however, housebreaking remains a big problem.

This is according to Alexandra Police Station spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo, who said the station was struggling to bring down housebreaking incidents.

“We are doing everything in our power to control this; such as conducting awareness campaigns, patrols, stop-and-searches and working with security companies and communities.

“People must work with the police and alert us if they see something suspicious,” she said.

Mhlongo said it is important for people to report criminal activities to the police.

“People must protect their property and reject and report stolen goods that are offered to them. They must also avoid carrying large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery in public.”

Neighbourhood safety tips

• Know your neighbours and build a relationship of trust and support with them.

• Do neighbourhood walks and patrols.

• Hold safety meetings that highlight crime in the area and how to prevent it.

• Share information about suspicious activities with neighbours, security companies and SAPS.

Safety at home

• Always know emergency numbers.

• Invest in a reliable alarm system.

• Always keep your doors and gates locked.

• Don’t leave mail in the post box as this signals the property’s tenants aren’t home and attracts criminals.

• Conduct a thorough background check before employing anyone (domestic workers, gardeners, etc.) either permanent or temporary.

• A dog is a good warning system.

• Report suspicious characters or activities in your area to the police.

• Keep cash and valuables in the bank or a safe.

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