Tips everyone needs to know

Recent burglaries, hijackings and robberies have prompted police to come up with tips to help residents combat crime more effectively.

Garsfontein police spokesperson Captain Ilze Jones said valuables should never be left in plain sight inside a vehicle.

“Boot it or lose it,” she said.

Jones offered the following tips to reduce hijackings and thefts out of motor vehicles:

– Avoid leaving your car parked on pavements overnight, especially when there is an option to park behind lockable gates.

– Always make sure your vehicle is locked and the alarm is activated before moving away from your vehicle to prevent remote signal jamming.

– When approaching your driveway, check your immediate surroundings for suspicious people or motorists.

She offered the following tips against house robberies and residential burglaries:

– Valuables should never be left close to the window. In a lot of reported cases items were only taken through the window without breaking in.

– Never give your remote or key to anyone you do not know.

– Where valuables are stored in an outside building such as a Wendy house, always make it as difficult as possible to gain entrance or break open.

– Always empower your domestics or helpers to remain safe and report crime to police.

– Let helpers or domestics keep panic buttons with them at all times. Often criminals, posing as officials such as from Eskom or Tshwane metro target helpers.

Jones said business robberies and business burglaries were also a concern and it was important for employers to inform workers to be alert at all times.

– Do not draw large amounts of cash.

– Be aware of EFT scams (internet fraud). Being informed always assists.

– Valuable items should never be visible.

– Always check that the CCTV camera system is fully operational.

– Always question if your security is sufficient or needs upgrading.

Jones said it was important for residents to be aware of information provided by police.

“It is important for the public to take action and know the different CPFs, security firms and police officers patrolling their area.”

Jones said the tips were often provided by police in reaction to previous year’s statistics in an attempt to drastically reduce the current year’s crime.

Also read:

TIPS: Be safe on the road

Tips on personal safety

Bank card safety tips

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