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SPIKE IN CRIME- BENONI

SPIKE IN CRIME- BENONI

Over the last few weeks, there has been a definite increase in the number of house break-ins, attempted break-ins, motor vehicle thefts and gate motor theft in the Benoni area, with Pomona, Bredell and Rynfield being the hardest hit.

Last week alone there were 31 reported incidents. The areas with the most incidents were Pomona (9), Rynfield (8) followed by Bredell with six incidents. Other areas affected were Brentwood, Brentwood Park, Northmead & Farrarmere.

Renee Coltham, Fidelity ADT Community Development Manager says much of the crime seems opportunistic. “There is a wide range of activity from gate motor theft to attempted hijackings and break ins. There is also a worrying trend of gates being left open. That is a problem as it is a homeowner’s first line of defence. In other instances we have found that criminals find a weak point in the perimeter security where the electric fence is not working or the gates are not locked for example. The incidents are happening both during the day and at night”.

She says it is so key to remain alert and vigilant at all times.

Here are some security tips to keep in mind:
• Gates – make sure that your gate opens and closes as quickly as possible. This means less time sitting in your driveway or the road where you are a vulnerable target to hijackers. Also ensure that the motor has a locked box covering it to stop any attempts at tampering. Remember to keep your gates closed at all times.

• Be aware of your surroundings – Be alert for being followed home or of any suspicious cars or people in your neighbourhood. Remember to be an active participant in your neighbourhood watch WhatsApp group if you have a suburb or road grouping. Neighbours need to look out for one another.

• Bushes and trees – make sure that bushes and trees on your property are checked regularly to ensure they are not affecting your perimeter security. Branches should be cut back to prevent blocking or impeding the effective functioning of your perimeter security, or where they may be used to climb into and access your property.

• Beams – make sure that beams are installed correctly and at the most optimal angle to increase their range and effectiveness. It is also important to make sure that these beams are not obscured by shrubbery, or near reflective surfaces to prevent excessive false alarm activations.

• Carry remote panics with you at all times at home and equip your domestic staff with remote panics.

• Be sure your alarm is armed at all times and that everyone within the household – including domestic staff – know when and how to use the alarm system and panic buttons if these are installed. They should also know who to call in an emergency – make a list of contact numbers and post them on or near a phone. If you have not been informed of the arrival of delivery people or service providers, do not open the door, even if they insist that they have an appointment.

• Make sure you are not distracted when out on the street or in a shopping centre. Do not use ear phones or text on your phone in full view of passersby. Crime is opportunistic and happens quickly when you are distracted.

• Keep your boot locked at all times and don’t drive with valuables in your car that can be seen through the window. Rather lock these items in the boot. Perhaps consider putting a polycarb film on the windows to assist in the event of a smash and grab incident. These can be tinted so that no one can see into the car, while also preventing the windows from shattering.

“We are living in a tough economy and crime is definitely on the increase. Fidelity ADT has increased visibility in the area but we are urging residents to be vigilant,” concludes Coltham.

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