PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Plettenberg Bay police have warned residents to take the necessary precautions after a sudden increase in home burglaries over the past month.
Local police spokesperson Captain Marlene Pieterse said they have observed an increase in burglaries over the past month, especially in the Dunes and Keurbooms area. “In most cases the perpetrators forced doors open and stole flat-screen televisions,” Pieterse said.
“Therefore we would like to share a few home safety tips with residents in an effort to minimise these incidents.”
Pieterse said a high fence around a home, with lockable gates, was much safer than a high wall. “The reason for this is the advantage of the improved visibility it provides.”
She added that the primary aim of a fence is to make access difficult and to allow dogs to move freely around the house.
“Ensure that your gates are locked at all times and that the key cannot be reached easily and is not lying around uncontrolled.”
Pieterse said they also recommend that residents install gates with sturdy locks in front of each outer door as well as ensure that burglar proofing cover all windows.
“We also recommend that residents have several panic buttons or alarm activation switches throughout the house.”
She said an alarm should have the capability to warn the occupants of any intrusion into the house.
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