The festive season is around the corner and the police are therefore warning the community to be vigilant following an increase in house break-ins.
The community is reminded to ensure that doors and windows are locked at all times and that alarm systems are activated.
Alarm systems should be linked to an armed response company. If you leave your residence to go on holiday, inform your family or your neighbours. Do not post on social media that you are on holiday.
You should not be visible from outside the house when asleep. Report any suspicious looking persons or any person who you might suspect is carrying stolen items.
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Do not purchase any items from individuals coming to your door. These might be stolen and the public is requested to report such individuals to the police.
People are urged to join their local neighbourhood watch programmes and assist police in becoming their eyes and ears in the fight against crime.
During this time of year, residents do a lot of shopping and criminals will be observing houses where there is no movement and choose these as targets.
Cpt H Kisten, communication officer of Verulam SAPS said, “We are reminding communities that all security measures should be put in place to prevent this type of crime from taking place with such frequency. The police will be showing more visibility in the form of vehicle patrols, blue light patrols, road blocks, stop and search operations, foot patrols in high crime areas and raids at scrap yards and second-hand dealer shops.”