Police issue safety hints for the prevention of house robberies
NORTH WEST - Similar incidents of house robberies have been reported in other parts of the province and police would like to urge the community to work together with the police as well as to take heed and apply the following safety tips: -Ensure that doors and windows are properly locked and closed at all times .
-Make provision for good outside lighting.
Remember, outside lights that are on during the day draw the attention of thieves.
-Ensure that your yard is neat and clean.
Trees and bushy shrubs should be pruned and not
planted close to a house as this can hide a criminal.
-If possible, ensure that you have proper safety / security features at your house like burglar proof in front of windows and security doors and gates as well as emergency alarms / panic buttons.
You can also use a whistle to alert neighbours in cases of emergency.
-Always check the identity of strangers who visit for business purposes to do deliveries or repairs, before unlocking the door.
-Know your neighbour as they are close and can be of great help during any emergency.
-Remain calm during a robbery and give your full cooperation.
Your life is worth more than any property.
Anyone with information that may assist the police in the fight against house robberies are requested to contact their nearest police stations or call Crime Stop at 08600-10111.
Anonymous tip-offs can be submitted on the MySAPS.