Fish Hoek Community Policing Forum on high alert as burglaries continue to rise

The Fish Hoek Community Policing Forum (CPF) urges residents to be aware of criminal opportunists in the area as burglaries are on the rise.

Jonathan Mills, president of the Fish Hoek CPF, says burglaries occur during the day and early in the morning.

“Home burglaries usually happen in the middle of the day or around 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. in the morning.”

He added that in many cases the burglary happened because of an unlocked door or an open window.

“People leave in the middle of the day and forget an open window and there are opportunists.

“It’s time to get back to good habits. Crime is on the rise and people are getting desperate and the pressure is increasing,” Mills said.

He added that during the day, some homeowners may take a nap by forgetting a window or door open.

“In most cases, doors and windows stay unlocked when someone may forget to lock when going to bed or think another family member may have locked them in.

“If we are stricter on security, we won’t have any break-ins. Make sure windows and doors are locked.

“If you’re active you’re not at much risk, but if you take a nap and leave the door open and it’s quiet, there’s a risk of burglary.”

Meanwhile, Charnel Hattingh, head of marketing and communications at Fidelity ADT, said it’s important for homeowners to check their security systems.

“Ultimately, it comes down to testing your system today so you can have peace of mind that it’s working properly when you need it tomorrow.

“A good system once again is also very useful now before the December holidays arrive; we often get panicked phone calls from customers who don’t realize their system is faulty until they’re about to walk through the front door and go on vacation.

She added that homeowners should start by identifying overgrown trees in their gardens.

“Identify any trees that may be overgrown and need trimming, or any plants that have grown to block your outdoor motion sensors.

“Watch out for anything that could damage your security system when a sudden gust of wind knocks down a tree and knocks over your electric fence.

“It’s best to start at the perimeter of your property and work your way up. Think like a criminal and assess whether your fence or wall, yard, windows, doors, shed or garage have any weaknesses that a criminal can exploit or that can be exacerbated by heavy rain or high winds.

Safety systems and maintenance should also include load shedding, she added.

“Batteries also have a limited lifespan which is affected by constant power surges and interruptions.

“By following these tips, we hope you can have peace of mind that your security system is as prepared for the summer as you are.”

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