What a year this has been!
The Uitzicht Neighbourhood Watch team would like to wish everyone a wonderful & safe Festive season and a blessed New Year. We want to thank everyone for their continued support and hope to make 2019 even better.
The Festive season not only brings family & friends together but unfortunately it also becomes a hot crime period. We would like to give you some tips and details to help stay safer this year:
1) Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for anyone that does not belong in your area / street. Be aware of suspicious looking people, including women & children. They are often used to scout areas or break ins because of their perceived “low-risk” demeanor.
2) Do not give food, clothing or any household items to beggars or unknown people at your door. This encourages them to come back as well as see what is inside your house when your door is opened. There are numerous NPO’s and charities that are close by where these items can be dropped off.
3) Try to NOT put any boxes of newly bought appliances or electronics outside in plain view. This shows burglars exactly what there is to steal in your home.
4) Check your property regularly for random items or scratched / written signs or pictures that don’t belong. They have a code to tell each other the details of the occupants, if your home is high or low risk, previously burgled, if you are armed, high value items etc. Small things like coke cans, rocks, crisp packets, drawn pictures on the road or pavement etc. No matter how insignificant we think it may be, get rid of it.
5) Know your neighbours. So many cases of December home clean outs have come to light. If you see your neighbour suddenly “moving”, call them and ask! You could help prevent a crime in progress.
6) When coming home, check your surroundings thoroughly. There are a number of cases of owners being trapped or rushed while going into their driveway or garages.
7) Join your local street groups or start one. This has been hugely successful and is encouraged. Keep each other updated of movements and surroundings.
We hope these tips will help. May you have a well deserved break and think of your local Neighbourhood patrollers and AR (Armed Response) guys when they are driving past your home.
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Uitzicht Neighbourhood Watch: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UitzichtNeighbourhoodWatch/
Uitzicht Homeowners: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UitzichtHomeowners/
Durbanville Control Room:
086 066 6662
082 883 6029
021 976 9598
UITZICHT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH