Kraaifontein police said house robberies are on the increase in the area and asked residents to follow these safety tips:
•Always be on the lookout for suspicious people and vehicles.
•Install burglar bars and security gates.
•Ask a trustworthy neighbour to keep an eye on your house while stepping out.
•Do not open gates and doors for strangers.
Captain Hein Hendricks said excessive consumption of alcohol is the major cause of contact crimes such as common assault, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, rape, robbery and murder.
He urges residents to:
•Not carry too much money when going to shebeens, taverns and bars.
•Not to carry weapons when drinking and attending social gatherings.
•Not share a drink with someone you do not know.
•Avoid confrontation when under the influence of alcohol.
•Not leave their drink unattended.
When shopping and visiting malls during the festive season:
•Do not ask for help from strangers at ATMs.
•Do not display money in public.
•Do not ask for directions from a stranger; instead ask law enforcement officers.
•Do not buy anything from a salesman at the door or outside the shop.
•Keep your personal belongings such as handbag and wallet safe.
•Always observe your surroundings and be on the lookout for criminals.
If you do become a victim of crime during this festive season, the following tips could save your life:
•Comply, remain calm and do not argue with perpetrators.
•Avoid eye contact but try to remember how the perpetrator looks by identifying and remembering special features, such as tattoos, scars, clothing or clothing.
•Try to get away safely from the area as quickly as possible.
•Do not be a hero, your life is worth more than anything else.
“We want to wishes our community a safe and joyous festive season but while we enjoy the festive season, please be mindful of Covid-19 that is currently ravaging our community and remember to sanitise, wear masks and keep your social distance,” said Captain Hendricks.
In case of emergency, call Kraaifontein police station on 021 980 5533; or CrimeStop on 08600 10111.