Residents step up security as crime rises
“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. •