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Police calls for precautionary measures against burglary

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) often parades to the media some of the suspects arrested in separate operations against burglaries in City of Kigali and other parts of the country.

Breaking doors and windows of homes, offices and business facilities is a common denominators the majority of the reported burglaries.

As part of the efforts to strengthen the fight against house break-in, RNP is engaging the general public on safety precautionary measures to detect and deter such criminal acts.

To strengthen this crime prevention strategy, four methods can be undertaken to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur at your home, your place of work or your business.

Deny – access to the criminal;
Deter – the criminal from choosing you as his victim;
Delay – methods used to slow down the criminal;
Detect – the criminal(s) before or after the crime has been committed

The RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera says investing in security is key to preventing and detecting intruders in your premises.

CP Kabera said: “The fence and the gate are the first form of security against intruders to your home. Make sure the fence is secure all round and has no gaps that people could use to access, or weak spots that someone could easily break through.If the fence has rails, make sure they are on the inside of the fence to avoid a potential burglar using them as a foothold to climb the fence. Mind the gap between the fence and the ground not leaving space that can allow a potential burglar to pass underneath.”

Adding security toppings such CCTV cameras and wires, he said, facilitates to intimidate a burglar from climbing into the premises such as cameras or wires.

“Barbed wires or other security toppings will intimidate an intruder to climb over. Visible security cameras in the compound can scare away intruders. You may also consider installing a video enabled Intercom system.
Light up the compound. Vandals, burglars and other criminals don’t like to be in the spotlight. Place lights around your front and back yards, along pathways, near the garage and other outdoor structures.”

CP Kabera further advised on cutting down the electricity cost by installing solar powered lights, installing motion detection lights to save energy but also to scare
away intruders.

“Don’t help a burglar to enter your house through an easy to open door or window. Make sure the door and window frames are strong and the hinges are protected.
Use strong locks with deadbolts. You might also upgrade to smart locks. Strong window bars are recommended,” he recommended.

He further advised on reinforcing sliding glass doors or windows, going old-school and use a window bar in the track to keep the door from being forced open.

“Add a door sensor or glass break sensor that will alert you if the glass door or window is tampered with—and should scare off thieves with noise.
It is vital for the public to plan and invest in security of their home because it gives you a peace of mind and relieves you from most of the negative effects that come with dealing with intruders into your compound or even house,” said CP Kabera.

“It is likely that you might succeed in the burglary or other criminal acts, but security organs will not wither until the offender is brought to justice,” he warned.

Members of the public are further encouraged to play part in security through strong partnership with security organs by sharing information in real time before or after the crime is committed for quick intervention.

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