The winter period is approaching and there is a possibility crime may increase, therefore the SAPS would like to warn the community to be vigilant and crime conscious. They have released the following tips in the interest of safety.
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Community members are instructed to avoid remaining out doors in the late hours of the evening, residents should avoid walking in unlit streets or roads in the late evening or early hours of the morning and are instructed to always walk in groups when possible.
Residents must also ensure that their home is well lit.
Residents are to keep their premises locked at all times. Community members are encouraged to be vigilant of suspicious individuals near your premises especially when entering or exiting your premises at the driveway gate.
Residents are to avoid withdrawing large amounts at ATMs in the evenings and avoid walking in public with large amounts of cash of wearing visible valuables late at night.
Cpt Henry Kisten, communications officer of Verulam SAPS said they are encouraging communities to form neighbourhood watches and also be part of their local community crime forum and to work closely with the police to share information that will prevent crime.
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“We will be stepping up our police visibility in the form of blue light patrols and high density operations in our troubled crime spots. We will also be working closely with other police agencies during the winter period to ensure the safety of our communities,” he added.
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