Homeowners urged to be vigilant during the festive season
POLICE have warned the community to be more vigilant and not to allow strangers into their homes.
KZN police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, said they have received numerous complaints from all over the province about criminals gaining entrance into properties under false pretenses, and then robbing the occupants.
‘In most cases suspects often arrived clad in blue work wear, and when the victims open the gate, they are robbed of their valuables. The community needs to be cautious and alert at all times.
‘Do not let strangers into your home. Ask for identity document or work identification cards as proof of employment,’ she said.
Mbhele explained that there is a trend where criminals arrive in luxury vehicles and hoot at the gates.
‘Most often the owners never check before opening the gates. Criminals are employing this modus operandi as they are aware that most residents are very lax,’ she said.