Diep River police have encouraged all community members to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times this festive season.
The police say they have noticed an alarming increase in housebreak-ins and theft as well as theft out of motor vehicles.
They have advised residents to implement preventative measures to deter would-be criminals.
The following devices prevent easy access:
• Window bars
• Security doors
• Security gates
• Razor wire
• Additional locking devices on doors
• Strengthening of doors
• Peepholes in the doors
• Safety chains to doors
• Intercom system between the home and gate, front door or garage
Residents are also encouraged to ensure they have all emergency numbers saved or visible in the home and on their phones.