Wagtail Street Atlasville Break In
Wagtail Street Atlasville Break In: There was a break in by – Wagtail Street in Atlasville on 7 May. An unknown amount of suspects forced open the burglar bars and window using a bolt cutter and were trying to gain entry when the resident woke up and fired a warning shot forcing the would-be criminals to flee the scene. In other crime news on the corner of 8th Avenue and 2nd Street in Northmead a drug deal was in progress but was spotted by a community member who reported it in. Assistance arrived swiftly on scene and the SAPS arrested the seller, the buyer and the buyers wife who was in the car with him. CMS was on the scene to assist.
In another instance there was a house Break In on Honiball Street in Rynfield on 7 May. An unknown amount of suspects jumped over the wall and forced open the living room window to get in to the premises. The suspects stole a TV and then fled the scene. CMS and SAPS were on the scene to investigate further.
Some home safety tips for you.
- Ensure that all valuables and important documents are photocopied, authenticated by a Commissioner of Oath and securely locked away. If you do not have a fire proof home safe, lodge these copies with your bank for safekeeping.
- Ensure that perimeter doors are fitted with adequate locks. The front door should have a safety chain or safety latch and, if the door has no vision panel, a door viewer. If keys to perimeter doors are mislaid, those locks should be replaced.
- Fit suitable “spacers”, locks or bolts to all sliding doors to prevent them from being lifted off their tracks (the most common method used by burglars on sliding doors and windows).
- Ensure all windows are fitted with adequate locks or burglar bars that cover all glass.
- Ensure that all duplicate keys are locked away if not in use. Do not leave in doors or make unnecessary copies.
- Install a safe for weapons and valuables. Duplicate house keys could be kept in this safe. Wall safes are usually not fire proof and therefore not suitable for face-value documents and money.
- Keep the garage and tool shed locked when not in use. Would–be intruders should not have access to any item that can be used as a weapon or burglary tool.
- Install outside lights that can be remotely controlled from inside the house. Consider installing lighting outside which is activated by a motion detector.
- Try not to have high walls and tall hedges that obscure your view of the property. If walls and ledges are low, or have openings, neighbours and passers-by will more easily be able to spot suspicious or unusual activity.
- Reduce all heavy foliage near the garage entrance and front door to reduce the possibility of those spots being used as s hiding place.