Crime Prevention and Safety Tips

 


New Tracker Video Could Spare You From A Hijacking

Tracker has put together a powerful 2-minute video containing crucial information that it believes can dramatically reduce your chances of being hijacked.

Based on more than 60 000 vehicle recoveries and 11 500 arrests, the company has focussed in on a handful of key factors that affect the majority of passenger vehicle hijackings.

Industry insiders believe that, if the advice is taken on board, it has the potential to avert scores of hijackings around the country.

The company is urging South Africans to share the video with as many family members and friends as possible, in an effort to drive up awareness.

Click on this link to view the video directly or connect with Tracker through its various social media platforms.


Neighbours

Do you know your neighbours?
Do you have their contact numbers?
If not, make a point of getting the contact details for all members of your neighbour’s household and also give them the details of your household members.

Tell your neighbours when you plan on being away from home for a weekend and / or an extended period.


Reject and Report Stolen Goods

Property crimes such as theft, housebreaking, shoplifting, handbag / cellphone snatching and theft out of motor vehicles lead to unnecessary suffering and impoverishment. If you buy stolen goods, more victims will suffer, because you provide a market for these goods and an incentive for criminals to keep stealing them. As thieves go about stealing goods to meet the demand for stolen goods they commit other crimes along their way and even murder or assault a witness or helpless victim or rape or injure a vulnerable woman or child.

Receiving / buying stolen goods is punishable by law.

Reject any goods you suspect could have been stolen and report it to the SAPS on Crime Stop 08600 10111. If they stole it and you buy it, more victims will suffer.


 Safety Tips for House Breakings and House Robberies

  • Lock all doors and close window when leaving your home unattended (even if you leave for only a short while)
  • Do not hide keys under the door mat, in flower pots or any other place where the keys could be found by criminals
  • Ensure your windows have burglar guards to prevent access
  • Do not leave notes outside your house announcing your absence from the house
  • Leave a radio on and a light on at night to give an “at home” appearance. Don’t leave an outside lamp burning through the day as this is a clear sign that no one is home
  • Cancel all deliveries (such as newspapers) while you are away If this is not possible asks a trusted neighbor to collect these deliveries
  • Changes the locks on your house if you keys have been stolen or lost
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you are away. You should supply this neighbor with a number they can contact you on while you are away
  • When you are at home never listen to music, watch TV or entertain visitors with the doors to you house open or unlocked
  • Never leave the key in the inside of an outer door which has a glass panel or or window near the door
  • Don’t keep large amounts of cash at your house
  • Ensure your house’s street number is clearly marked on you fence, wall or gate so that it can be easily seen by any emergency service or police personnel
  • Store emergency contact numbers in your phone and label them clearly to allow fast dialing in an emergency
  • Never give the impression you are at home alone if a stranger telephones you or comes to your door
  • It is your right to see the identification cards of caller who claim to be from government, municipal officials or even SAPS members. Even if they are in uniform ask to see their identity documents/cards and insist on this. If they fail to comply ask them to leave your premises immediately and report the matter to the SAPS
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced entry, don’t go into the house. Go to the nearest phone and call the police Remember

 House Robbery 

When someone uses violence or threatens to use violence against another person in order to steal something on the residential premises of anyone, house robbery is committed. If your house has been broken into:

  • Contact your nearest police station immediately
  • Wait until fingerprints and statements are taken before touching anything
  • Do not allow private security companies to enter the house or touch anything before the police have arrived
  • A list of the make, model, and serial numbers of electrical appliances and other valuable equipment should always be available for investigation purposes

 

 

   

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