As we approach the festive season, we expect chancers and criminal incidents to increase

Please be aware of and vigilant to strangers arriving at your property, relaying stories that may be plausible but not true. ALWAYS VERIFY any story, before acting. Example below of what a local Constantia resident experienced a few days ago:

This afternoon a tall, well-built b/male rang the doorbell and advised that he was pruning trees for a Mr xxxxxxxx, a supposed neighbour of ours who (he claimed) sent him over to ‘inspect the site’. I did not admit him but while we were talking, he attempted to open the side gate and I saw that he covered the handle with a handkerchief before touching it.

REFUSE COLLECTION DAYS:

We do not need to encourage the bin pickers into our area on refuse collection days. Many are genuine homeless and destitute, but several are criminals using it as an opportunity to scope out your property and movements. The gathering of information is a lucrative past time.

Please do not put your bin out until the morning.

Do not leave sandwiches on top of the bin.

Recycle your own bottles, tins and plastic.

Visit this LINK for more information of alternative methods to assist the homeless.

 

PHISHING SCAMSvisit this LINK for more information.

 

TRACKING YOUR CELL PHONEvisit this LINK for guidance.

 

ATM CARD FRAUD/THEFT AND BANK FOLLOWING:

Suspects are more and more using rented vehicles. As we enter the holiday period we cannot be suspicious of every out of town registration plate.

TIPS TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF ATM FRAUD

Use ATM’s where you feel the most comfortable.

Be vigilant and avoid using the ATM where suspicious-looking individuals are loitering.

Have your card ready in your hand before you approach the ATM.

Do not use the ATM if it appears to be tampered with or damaged.

Do not accept help from strangers at an ATM, especially when you experience difficulty with the transaction and do not allow anyone to distract you.

Shield the ATM keypad with your hand to prevent people seeing when you enter your PIN.

Never disclose your PIN to anybody, not even to the bank or police.

Press the Cancel key, withdraw your card and proceed to an alternative ATM if you feel the ATM is not functioning correctly.

Use the help line and/or nearest phone to contact your bank and/or police if your card gets jammed, retained or lost, or if someone interferes with you at an ATM.

Take your time when transacting and ensure your cash and card are carefully secured in your wallet, handbag or pocket before leaving the ATM.