Byrone Athman
2 minute read
21 Apr 2021
06:22

Police urge residents to be more vigilant after increase in housebreakings

Byrone Athman

Three men, who are suspected to be notorious for breaking into houses and stealing, have been nabbed by Mountain Rise police.

Three men, who are suspected to be notorious for breaking into houses and stealing, have been nabbed by Mountain Rise police.

In addition, valuables worth R26 000, which they allegedly stole last week from a home in Cyprus Way, Newholmes, have been recovered.

Speaking to The Witness after noticing an increase in housebreakings and theft out of motor vehicles in the area, the station’s spokesperson, Sean Singh, warned residents to be more vigilant and aware as the winter months approach.

He said the three men who have been arrested are allegedly known repeat offenders when it comes to housebreakings and theft.

Singh said that since the days are beginning to get shorter and the nights longer, residents must partner with the police, as well as security companies in the area to fight against crime.

“In certain areas housebreakings have increased so the SAPS has stepped up patrols in these areas to prevent further incidents from taking place.”

“Do not leave any valuable possessions lying in your vehicle. Do not fall asleep immediately after you have switched your house lights off. Change your times and routine.”
Mountain Rise police station spokesperson Sean Singh

Singh said a high fence around the house with lockable gates is much safer than a high wall due to the advantage of the improved visibility it provides.

Security gates with sturdy locks as well as burglar proofing covering all windows are recommended, he said.

Singh added that an alarm system, preferably connected to an armed response company can act as a deterrent.

He said panic buttons should be connected to different areas in the house.

An alarm must also have the capability to warn the occupants of any intrusion into the house. He added that security lights on the outside of the house improve the physical protection of a house and also brighten the area where vehicles are parked for clear visibility.

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He warned residents to beware of shadows and blind spots. “Do not leave any valuable possessions lying in your vehicle. Do not fall asleep immediately after you have switched your house lights off. Change your times and routine,” he said.

Singh also said that large dogs serve as a deterrent to thieves. He said people must also ensure that their vehicles are properly locked and parked in a garage, if possible.

“Community members are also advised to form neighbourhood watches as well as WhatsApp group chats. Be aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious to your nearest police station,” said Singh.