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Domestic workers are often the first point of contact when criminals decide to strike, so it’s crucial to keep them informed and updated about home security and safety tips, for their own protection and that of your home.

Please share the following tips with your domestic worker, gardener and any other employees in your home:

When someone wants to enter the property

  • Never let anyone onto the property unless your employer has instructed you to do so. This includes utility providers, electricians, meter readers and Telkom representatives

When a stranger calls

  • Never tell someone who phones that you are alone or when your employer will return. Instead, tell the caller that your employer is busy and will call back, and take a message
  • Never answer any questions about the home, security or other private information
  • When you are alone at home, make sure all the doors and windows are closed and locked
  • If you have to go outside to hang up washing or work in the garden, be careful as intruders may jump over the wall to attack. Lock the door behind you and keep your cell phone or remote panic button with you
  • Be careful when putting out or collecting rubbish bins. Look around for any suspicious people hanging around and immediately close the gate behind you
  • Always keep garages, laundries and storerooms locked

Home alone

If someone breaks in

  • Make sure you have NYPD’s number is a place that is clearly visible to everyone in the house
  • Call NYPD’s Control Room immediately to report the break in

Never approach the gate

  • Do not go out to the gate when someone presses the intercom button or calls. Instead, talk over the intercom or through a window from inside the house
  • Always keep the security gate and door keys on you when leaving the house
  • If your security remote or house key is lost or stolen, immediately report it to your employer so locks can be replaced
  • Never leave keys in doors or security gates as they can be stolen or used to open doors and gain entry
  • If there is a panic button, carry it at all times, preferably where it is not visible. Make sure it works from the far corners of the garden if you need to work outside
  • Ask if the panic button sets off a silent or audible alarm. Press hard for two seconds for the signal to make proper contact

Keys and panic buttons

Emergency numbers

  • Ask your employer to put up a list of emergency numbers (NYPD Control Room, the police, ambulance, doctor), so you can call for help if necessary
  • Add emergency numbers to your cell phone so you can call quickly

Protect your pay

  • Ask for salary to be put into a bank account, rather than being paid in cash at the end of the month. Criminals target domestic workers carrying cash
  • Only carry a small amount of cash for your taxi or train fare

Going to and from work

  • Whenever possible, walk with other domestic workers to your train or taxi stop
  • Do not talk to other domestic staff about your employer’s working hours, holidays, home security or valuables

In a society where housebreaking’s are common, it’s important to have basic guidelines in place so that everyone in the house knows what to do to keep safe. By keeping the staff that work for you informed and alert, many incidents and break-ins can be successfully avoided.

Yours in SecYOUrity


Crime Incidents in Northern suburbs
22 - 26 August 2018
 Contact CrimeOther Serious CrimesProperty-Related CrimesVehicle-Related CrimesGrand Total
Parktown North2215
Grand Total434920

Week 4 – August 2018 Crime Concentration : North

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Suburb Weekly Crime Trend Comparison: North

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Suburb Crime Category Comparison: North

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Crime Incidents in Southern suburbs
22 - 26 August 2018
 Contact CrimeOther Serious CrimesProperty-Related CrimesVehicle-Related CrimesGrand Total
Parktown West11
Rooseveld Park11
Grand Total532414

Week 4 – August 2018 Crime Concentration : South

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Suburb Weekly Crime Trend Comparison: South

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Suburb Crime Category Comparison: South

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Overall Crime Comparisons

August Crime comparison by suburb

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Monthly Crime Comparison

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Whilst every effort is made to accurately report back on all criminal activities in your area, we advise that not all crimes are reported on at the time of this report being published. Should you be aware of any criminal incident not reported in our report, kindly email us on