Police warning for holidays

2016-06-28 06:00

With the winter school holidays in full swing, Rondebosch police are calling on the public to be vigilant if they are leaving for a vacation.

Rondebosch police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam says residents safeguard their valuables and properties. “People must ensure that their alarms are in working order and all valuables are securely locked away. Photostat all documents of importance and keep it in a safe place. Be sure that perimeter doors are fitted with adequate locks. The front door should have a safety chain or latch,” he warns.

“Fit suitable ‘spacers’, locks or bolts to all sliding doors to prevent them from being lifted off their tracks. This is the most common method used by burglars on sliding doors, entrance gates and windows.”

He recommends keeping the garage and tool shed locked and linked to the alarm system. “Would-be intruders should not have access to hammers, axes, ladders, bricks or any items that can be used as a weapon or burglary tool. Make sure that outside lights are switched on and off at regular intervals. Do not leave them on permanently. Obtain an automated switch for plugs inside the house.”

He also advises residents to alert neighbours of their holiday plans. “Keyholders should have access to your home in an event of an alarm activation. Leave a duplicate key or remote to the entrance of your home with a neighbour or friend before you leave on holiday.”

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