Places of worship under siege in Durban

Police in Phoenix have asked religious institutions to ramp up their security after an increase in burglaries at places of worship.

Police have warned that religious organisations in Phoenix, Durban are being targeted by opportunistic thieves in their search for items of value.

Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Captain Louise Naidoo, says that they have seen an increase in burglary attempts at churches and temples within the precinct over the last few weeks.

“Religious institutions are being broken into and instruments and other items are being stolen. An appeal is being made to all religious leaders within the Phoenix area to obtain some form of security for their premises,” she says.

Police issued the following tips for places of worship to implement:

  • Install an alarm system with regular patrols or employ a 24-hour security guard or guard dog to protect the perimeter of the property.
  • Make sure that the property is properly locked and secured.
  • Fence the property with a boundary wall so that criminals cannot enter the property.
  • Install CCTV cameras around the property so that real time footage is available when needed.

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