Res­i­dents step up se­cu­rity as crime rises

The Witness - - NEWS - SISEKELO KHUMALO sisekelo.khumalo@wit­ness.co.za

“The rise in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity has re­sulted in an in­creased aware­ness in the im­por­tance of safety amongst res­i­dents ...”

A RE­CENT in­crease in home and busi­ness bur­glar­ies has sent Pi­eter­mar­itzburg res­i­dents scur­ry­ing to im­prove their se­cu­rity sys­tems to pro­tect their homes and of­fices.

Se­cu­rity com­pa­nies say cus­tomers are com­ing in large num­bers to buy home se­cu­rity de­vices, in­clud­ing CCTV cam­eras, gate mo­tors and alarm sys­tems. Pep­per sprays and stun guns are also high on the list as cus­tomers aim to pro­tect them­selves from in­trud­ers.

Ivan Govender, KwaZu­luNatal district man­ager for Fi­delity ADT Se­cu­rity, said: “The rise in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity has re­sulted in an in­creased aware­ness in the im­por­tance of safety amongst res­i­dents and in turn an in­crease in perime­ter se­cu­rity mea­sures such as out­door beams and CCTV installations.

“Whilst we can con­firm that there has been an in­crease in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity within the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg area, this trend is not spe­cific to this area and has been noted across the whole of KwaZulu­Natal,” said Govender.

Govender also stressed the im­por­tance of hav­ing your se­cu­rity sys­tem ser­viced on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, say­ing his com­pany rec­om­mends that you have your alarm ser­viced at least once a year and that you test your se­cu­rity sys­tem at least once a month.

Tracey Kariem, man­ager of the Mi7 se­cu­rity store in Raisethorpe, con­firmed the in­crease in the num­bers of cus­tomers, which she claimed started in April this year and kept on grow­ing.

“I be­lieve the re­cent break­ins in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg are the main rea­son cus­tomers feel the need to bol­ster their se­cu­rity sys­tem with the best home se­cu­rity de­vices.” Pi­eter­mar­itzburg po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngob­ese said the po­lice were “aware” of the high rate of break­ins around the city.

“It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the com­mu­nity, but we do ap­pre­ci­ate the as­sis­tance from the com­mu­nity and se­cu­rity com­pa­nies in help­ing us with the fight against crime ...

“We are in­ten­si­fy­ing po­lice vis­i­bil­ity in ar­eas like Hil­ton, Hay­fields, Scottsville and other ar­eas which have been af­fected by crime,” said Ngob­ese. •

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