Domestic workers cautioned

HILLCREST SAPS is urging residents and domestic workers to be vigilant as they are increasingly being targeted by criminals.

There have been some armed robberies in the Upper Highway area where domestic workers were targeted in broad daylight in the past few months.

Communications officer for Hillcrest SAPS Constable N. Manqele said the modus operandi in most incidents are the same.

“Men dress in municipal overalls and ring the bell claiming they are there to read meters etc. In most cases these men are let into the yard and then rob the home,” he said.

Manqele urged residents to be cautious when letting people onto their property. He said residents should contact the police or security company if anyone loiters at their home.

Blue Security’s Darren Le Grange told residents to set the following “security rules” for the home and to regularly remind domestic workers what to do in the case of an emergency.

• Never open the gate or door to anyone unless you have given a specific instruction about a repairman who is expected to arrive.

• If you need the domestic worker to open up for a plumber or an electrician provide her with the name and a physical description of the repairman.

• If you are expecting a delivery give her the name of the company that is delivering the goods and tell her to accept the goods through the gate if possible, rather than opening up.

• Never give out personal information such as the times that you arrive home from work to people who call the house during the day.

• Before opening the door to hang up washing or sweep verandahs, check through the window to make sure there is no one outside waiting to pounce.

• Show her how to read the water and electricity meters so there will be no need to let even the legitimate meter reader onto the property.
Alternatively, call the municipality once a month to give them your meter readings.

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