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Crime Prevention : Safety Tips
In your Home
- Keep all your doors and security gates locked all the
time, even when there is more than one person at home. All
main doors should be fitted with strong locks.
* Keep your garden well lit and trees and plants trimmed to
eliminate any possible hiding places.
- Ensure that your house’s street number is clearly marked
on your wall/fence/gate so that it can be easily seen by
emergency service personnel/the police who may need to get to
- Very often, the South African Police Service has a police
helicopter in the air to dispatch to emergencies in progress.
To enable the helicopter to easily identify your home,
consider painting your house’s street number on the roof of
your house. The number should be at least 400 mm by 400 mm in
size and should be painted in a colour that is easily
distinguishable from the colour of the roof.
- If you are able to install additional security devices, do
so as every deterrent helps! Consider installing a burglar
alarm and panic buttons, burglar bars and security gates as
well as remote control gates and garage doors to prevent you
from having to step out of your car when leaving and returning
- When you go away on holiday, cancel all newspaper and
magazine deliveries. Try to install timers that will
automatically switch lights on and off in your house to make
it appear as if there is someone at home in the evenings. Call
upon a reliable friend to house-sit for you if possible. Ask
neighbours to keep an eye on your home and do the same for
them in return.
- It is your right to see the identification cards of
callers who claim to be government or municipal officials or
even police officers. Even if they are in uniform, insist on
it! If they refuse, order them to leave your property
immediately and report the matter to the police.
- Never open the door to strangers and alert your family
members or friends if you are sending someone unknown to their
- Keep cash, valuables and firearms in safe boxes that are
securely bolted down.
- Make it difficult for criminals to function in your
neighbourhood! Report any suspicious persons, noises or sounds
to the police immediately. Remember to listen for neighbours’
dogs barking unusually late in the evening or early in the
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