Theft, burglary increases

2018-06-12 06:01

Local police have noted with concern a recent trend in crimes within the precinct.

Police have been monitoring the recent crime patterns for the past month and have noticed the following concerns to which they wish to alert residents.

Crimes on the increase include burglaries and vehicle and bin theft.

To help safeguard your property, police have released the following tips:

Residential burglaries

. Know all the emergency numbers.

. Keep your cellphone in the bedroom.

. Never hide spare keys under pot plants or mats or in the postbox.

. Make provision for good outdoor lighting.

. Do not leave outside lights on during the day as it draws the attention of thieves.

. Mail left in the gate is also a sign that no-one is home. Get a neighbour to remove the mail.

. Curtains should be closed after dark to prevent suspects from observing activities inside the home.

. Never leave workmen unattended in your home.

. Fit all windows which can open with burglar bars.

. Install an alarm where possible.

. Report all suspicious-looking persons and vehicles to police.

Another trend noted by police is business burglaries, noting that municipal buildings and schools are most targeted.

Theft of motor vehicles

Problem areas include the Promenade Mall and Town Centre.

. Avoid parking your vehicle where there are no guards.

. Make sure all windows and doors are properly closed and locked when you park your car.

. Lock valuable items in the boot of your car.

. Remove detachable radios and the radio face when leaving the car.

. Try to fit an alarm or anti-theft device such as a gear lock in your car.

. Do not leave your keys in the ignition.

Theft of rubbish bins

“The theft of rubbish bins continues to be a concern for our community and we want to advise people on the following points,” says Williams.

. All rubbish bins remain council property.

. Bins are to be used for trash storage purposes and rubbish collection at a residence or business premises.

. Only put out your bin on rubbish collection days.

. Bins must not be used for the transport or carting of goods.

“Persons found in possession of a rubbish bin, being used for anything other than its intended purpose, can face criminal prosecution,” says Williams.V Report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles, theft or crime to your nearest police station by calling Crime Stop on 0860 10111.


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