Homeowners urged to keep jewellery in safety deposit boxes

KZN police are urging homeowners to not keep large amounts of jewellery in their homes.

“We have noticed a number of cases where criminals target houses specifically for jewellery. An impression is created that these criminals have information beforehand about which homes have large amounts of jewellery. If you have a lot of jewellery at your homes, it is possible that those close to you, including your family, friends or employees, might be leaking information to criminals,” said Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane of the SAPS KZN media centre.

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Police have advised homeowners to rather keep their jewellery in safety deposit boxes at facilities that are available for this purpose. “You are putting yourselves and your families at risk by keeping items of extremely high value and large sums of cash at home.”

Jewellery store owners are also cautioned to take extra precautions and strengthen their security measures to safeguard their jewellery. “Beware of criminals who will pretend to be customers and enter the store with firearms,” said Lt Col Zwane.


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