WHILE crime in crime in Port Alfred in January 2013 depicted a decrease when compared to the same period last year with SAPS, they would like to take this opportunity and send a reminder to members of the community to always be vigilant.
According to spokesman Lieutenant Luvuyo Mjekula, when it comes to property crimes such as housebreaking, it is most common that windows and glass doors are broken or forced open. Suspects target property such as motor vehicles, cellphones, computer equipment, clothing, cash, cameras and TV sets.
In contact crimes, it is most common in assault cases, for instance, that knives, fists and open hands are used.
In light of the above, Port Alfred residents are urged to report strangers, loiterers and the abnormal barking of dogs. They should also ensure that all doors are locked at all times and that windows are closed when you are not at home
“Ensure that tools such as axes, spades, picks, ladders, etc that can be used in an attack, are locked away when you do not use them,” said Mjekula.
It is also important to vary your daily routine and change locks when keys are lost. Avoid parking your motor vehicle where there are no security officers, make sure that all the doors and windows are properly locked and put valuable items like laptops and cameras in the boot of your car, he said.