Rustenburg – The police in Rustenburg have embarked on an awareness campaign to warn the public about street robberies, especially in the Central Business District (CBD) and provide further safety tips.
“The police request the community to assist them by attending court proceedings as witnesses when requested, as their testimony is key in taking criminals off our streets,” Sgt Ofentse Mokgadi, police spokesperson said.
THEFT FROM PARKED MOTOR VEHICLES
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and take note of suspicious persons in and around the parking area.
Report suspicious activity to the police or security on site.
Do not leave valuables in an unattended vehicle.
Never push the remote to lock your vehicle whilst walking away from it. Check that the vehicle is locked by testing the door handle, before walking away.
Ensure that the boot is locked at all times.
HINTS ON THE PREVENTION OF HOUSE ROBBERIES
“My neighbour’s safety is my concern!”
Don’t leave doors unlocked at night.
Don’t open the door to strangers.
Know who your neighbours are. Watchful neighbours who look out for your house as well as their own are a front-line defence against crime.
Teach your children to always look out for suspicious people trying to enter the house.
Put good locks on all your doors. Make sure you can easily use the lock.
Install peepholes in front and back doors at your eye level. This is especially important if you use a wheelchair.
If you have difficulty speaking, have a friend record a message (giving your name, address and type of disability) to use in emergencies. Keep the tape in a recorder next to your phone in case of need.
Form street committees to protect your homes against intruders
Report suspicious people who roam the streets to the Police.
HOW TO AVOID STREET ROBBERIES
Be crime conscious – be aware of crime opportunities at all times.
Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
Know all emergency numbers.
Trust your instinct.
Avoid talking to strangers.
Avoid going onto a congested street where you cannot even walk properly, that is where you will find criminals pickpocketing.
Avoid displaying valuables items where criminals can see them.
Walk in well-lit busy streets and in a group, if possible.
Keep your cellular phone and wallet/purse away from the public eye.
Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
Report suspicious activities at Rustenburg SAPS: 014 590 4115 or 6 or 7