Take care this festive season

Philip Bam, spokesman for Grassy Park Community Police Forum

Letter to the editor.

Philip Bam, spokesman for the Grassy Park Community Police Forum

Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19, and we appeal to our fellow citizens to comply with the Level 1 lockdown regulations. The virus will be with us for some time to come. Wear masks and keep a safe distance from each other.

Crime spikes during the festive season. The Grassy Park CPF wishes to urge caution during the holiday time when people usually let their guard down.

Illicit drug usage increases while schools are on holiday. A spate of kidnappings have been evident during the last few months and with school holidays, more children will be on the streets.

The CPF appeals to our communities to be alert and take special safety precautions. It has come to our attention that criminals would ring the doorbell to check if there are people at home. If you do not know the person at your gate, do not engage them. If you feel unsafe, call the police on 10111 or 107 from a landline, 021 480 7700 from mobile or 112 from mobile.

We suggest the public take the following precautions:

  • When going out for the day, pack your car in a closed area so lookouts can’t see you are preparing to be away.Double check that all doors and windows are locked and secured.If you will be away for a while, ask a neighbour to clear your post box Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle.Women and girls should avoid walking alone.Avoid using your cellphone in publicReport any suspicious people in your road to the policeDo not take your eyes off your children. Know where they are at all times.Make sure all wheelie bins are clearly marked to prevent them being stolen.

Together we can make this festive season a joyous and safe time, Be alert, be safe.