IT IS holiday season again and while we are out shopping for Christmas presents, thugs are doing their shopping in our homes.
Residential crime includes malicious damage to residential property and home burglary, shoplifting and more.
Daily Sun spoke to Captain Ralidzhivha Manyandza from the Tembisa cop shop in Ekurhuleni about what residents can do to reduce crime in their townships and other areas.
SAPS safety tips
- Do not allow hawkers to come inside your house as they go door to door selling their products.
- Close all the windows and doors if you are going out for the day.
- If you have tenants, do background checks if possible.
- If you notice or hear any movement in the yard, call your nearest police station.
- Join your local neighbourhood watch.
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- Don’t forget about the garage: You may not think about it, but your garage can be a favourite scoping spot for an intruder. If you keep a lot of possessions in the garage, don’t leave the door open.
- Consider a dog: All the clichés are true – having a dog on patrol at your house, especially one prone to barking at strangers, typically makes yours a less than appealing target for burglars.
- Don’t leave notes on your doors, not even for friends, neighbours and family.
BEFORE LEAVING YOUR HOUSE
- Make sure all shrubs and trees are trimmed back so that they do not allow a burglar to conceal himself.
- Don’t stop your security awareness at the outside walls of your house. In general, don’t leave anything around the yard that might help a burglar get into your house. Ladders, stackable boxes or any garden tools should be put away, preferably in a locked cabinet.