The Knysna SAPS issued a warning today urging the public to take safety precautions following an increase in burglaries and theft out of motor vehicles in the Greater Knysna Area during the April 1 – 8 period, compared to the same period last year.
Constable Chris Spies, SAPS media liaison officer said there was a significant increase in burglaries and theft out of motor vehicles within the Greater Knysna area. Spies said these areas are targeted during the day, whilst accommodation and overnight facilities are being targeted at night, between 18:00 and 06:00 in the upper town area.
Incidents of theft out of motor vehicles were mostly reported in:
-Knysna CBD (near shopping centres)
and St George’s Street.
Basic Precautions include:
1. Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
2. Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
3. Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
4. Keep your garage door closed and locked.
5. Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
6. Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
7. Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
8. Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
9. Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
10. Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.