Crime in Cape Town is on the increase and we urge you all to BE ALERT AT ALL TIMES. Cape Town is no different to any other city in the world, crime is a fact of life. Muggings, cellphone thefts, housebreak-ins, car thefts and break-ins happen every day. The most important thing is to always be aware and not take chances. With the large number of unemployed people in the country crime is on the increase. All your houses are as safe and secure as we can make them, with burglar bars, safety gates, alarms etc. It is each and every one of your own responsibilities to be aware of your safety at all times. Lock doors behind you and close gates in the best interests of your own safety and that of your fellow housemates .Do not take chances, rather be safe than sorry. If you see someone suspicious telephone the police and report it. If you are the recipient of any theft, break-in or any crime whatsoever, it must be reported to the police immediately. They can be contacted on South African police 10111 or emergency number on your landline 107 or on your cellphone 112.
Advice from South African Police Services (SAPS)
Reporting tips in order of importance:
- Car Number Plates: Focus on letters, and first 3 numbers. Don’t worry about all 6 numbers – accurate letters and first 3 numbers are all we need.
- Note the exact time on your cell and watch. This makes a HUGE difference to our workload.
- Vehicle Type: Make and colour is fine (e.g. Silver Merc).
- Write it all down as quickly as possible, or enter onto your phone. Memories are often unreliable!
- Contact your service provider/SAPS, and let us know by email.
MOWBRAY POLICE –021 680 9580 / 9587 / 9588
WOODSTOCK POLICE –021 442 3117
CITY CENTRE POLICE - 0860 765 423 or 021 467 8000 /1 /2
Vehicle safety tips from ADT
Here are some useful vehicle safety tips received this week from ADT:
- Travel with car doors locked and windows closed.
- Constantly monitor vehicles travelling behind, ahead and next to you.
- If you think you’re being followed, drive to the nearest police station. Don’t go home.
- Leave room between your car and the one in front to avoid being boxed in.
- Attract the attention of other drivers or pedestrians if you think you’re in danger.
- Hoot, flash your lights, put on your emergency lights, or shout.
- Be aware of people approaching your car or loitering near traffic lights, stop signs, parking areas or your driveway.
- If approached by a suspicious-looking person, especially at night or in deserted areas, drive off quickly from a stop street or intersection, always heeding traffic danger.
- On long journeys only stop overnight at safe places. Stopping next to the road or in a parking area overnight is not safe.