House robbery prevention tips for Umlazi residents  

Umlazi SAPS urges residents to be vigilant and to not fall prey to opportunistic criminals. Communications officer of Umlazi SAPS, Cpt Carmen Rhynes, explained that some criminals will use different means to gain your trust and entry into your house.

“Some might pretend to be municipality workers or they might even resort to introducing themselves as police officers but as soon as you have opened the door of your house, they commit a crime. Criminals will try and use these different modus operandis to gain entrance into your home,” said Cpt Rhynes.

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Police are appealing to the community to not allow strangers into their homes or open their doors to unfamiliar voices.  If a person announces themselves as the police, before opening the door, tell them to display their appointment card on the window. If you are still not convinced, you can contact the Umlazi SAPS on 031 908-0089 or Crime stop 08600-10111. Umlazi SAPS would also like to encourage members of the community to report criminals, so that they can be put behind bars.

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Police would like the community to stay vigilant by taking note of the following house break-in prevention tips:

  • Always make sure that doors and windows are locked when you’re inside the house or when leaving the house.
  • If you are going away for a long period of time, make sure you let your neighbours know, so they can keep an eye on your house.
  • Make sure that door locks are in good condition.
  • Install deadbolts locks on all your outside doors.
  • If possible, always keep your home occupied by asking family or friends to house-sit.
  • Get a good guard dog if possible.
  • If you are going away for a long period of time, always arrange for someone to cut your grass, to show presence and to collect your post.
  • When going away for a long period of time, arrange with the post office to not deliver mail until you return.
  • Leave lights on when you go out and if you are going away for a long time set automatic lights.
  • Install burglar guards to your doors and windows.
  • Store away valuable items in a safe and keep the keys always on you.
  • Do not open for strangers especially at night, even if they claim to be the police. Ask for their appointment card or phone the police station to verify their identity and reason for being there.

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