E2 Safer Festive Season: Housebreaking
POSTED ON: December 12, 2023 IN by Admin
Housebreaking is the most common crime experienced by households in South Africa. During the second quarter of 2023 (July to September) the SAPS recorded 6045 robberies at residential properties and 4910 at non-residential properties.
“Over the past few years, South Africa has seen an alarming increase in crime, and with the festive season upon us and many people travelling during this period, we are likely to see an increase in housebreakings,” says BLSA National Project Manager Johan Kruger.
According to SAPS crime statistics for the period, Tembisa in Gauteng experienced the highest number of residential break-ins, followed by Plessislaer and Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal. Johannesburg Central had the most non-residential break-ins, followed by Madeira in the Eastern Cape and Durban Central in KwaZulu-Natal.
Here are some safety tips that can help you this festive season:
- Install CCTV and ensure that your alarm system is in working order.
- Change routines as most burglars watch the house they want to burgle, to see the patterns of those coming and going.
- Keep the walls and garden clear of any valuables.
- Secure doors and windows with burglar bars, making it harder for potential burglars to gain access.
- Make friends with neighbours and be part of the neighbourhood watch or local community policing forum.
- Don’t let people know you are going on vacation and get a family member or friend to house-sit your home.
- Some burglars mark your home by leaving objects on your gate or outside on the pavement. Remove any foreign objects you find.
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