Home­own­ers urged to be vig­i­lant dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

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.

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