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Freedom month gives us an opportunity to look at ways to free ourselves from crime in South Africa. Unfortunately we we live in a society where the idea of freedom seems to be under threat from a series of sinister acts by brazen criminals. Long weekends, especially, are like honey to the proverbial criminal bees.
Namola encourages South Africans to be proactive in their fight against crime particularly if, with the upcoming public holidays, travelling away from home is on the cards. Make sure that your home is safe and that you take note of the following tips courtesy of Property 24 and the South African Police Service to keep your home safe while you are away:
- Test your alarm. Make sure that it is working properly before you go on holiday
- Check access points. Close and lock all windows and doors and ensure all windows have burglar bars. Fit suitable locks and bolts to all sliding doors as a means to prevent burglars from lifting the glass off its tracks – the most common method for break-ins
- Can’t come to the phone right now? Do not leave an out-of-town message on your answering machine, door or post box
- Leave no trace. If you are away for a long period of time, ask someone to clear your post box every few days. Cancel newspaper deliveries for the period you are away
- Never bury your treasure. Do not leave keys on the inside of doors or hidden under doormats, in flower pots, etc.
- Pack away tools. Never leave tools in your garden or an unlocked garden shed that would help intruders break in
Wherever you are this long weekend remember that you can always #GetHelpFast with the @NamolaApp. Download it now