MOUNTAIN Rise SAPS has cautioned residents living in the Upper Bombay Heights area and Mattison’s Section to be more vigilant and aware of crime opportunities within their neighbourhood.Acting Mountain Rise SAPS spokesperson Sean Singh said, over the past few weeks, there has been an increase of theft of clothes from washing lines within the Upper Bombay Heights area. “Residents are therefore advised to never leave washing on the line, [especially] very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Once your washing is dry, remove it from the line immediately. “From time to time ensure that your washing is still on the line and safe,” said Singh, who added that residents must also avoid leaving valuables lying around outside the premises where criminals can see them.He also advised residents to make sure that everything is locked and secure when leaving home. “Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. Do not advertise your impending absence on social media — criminals also have access to Facebook and Twitter,” said Singh.He also advised that residents should form neighbourhood watches and chat groups within the area.“The police are also warning motorists who make use of the back route of Chota Motala Road heading towards Mattison’s to be on the lookout for logs and trees that are placed on the road in order to obstruct traffic and bring vehicles to a halt,” said Singh.He explained that when motorists stop at these obstructions, they are being robbed of their valuables by criminals in the vicinity. “These incidents are occurring at all hours during the day. “Report all incidents immediately to the police via Crime Stop or to your local police station at 033 387 9600,” said Singh.