CoW tips on festive safety

17 Dec 2015 16:20pm


The City of Windhoek (CoW) has urged residents not to share their holiday plans and destinations on social media.

Speaking to the media in the capital on Thursday, CoW Manager: Corporate Communications, Joshua Amukugo said residents should refrain from disclosing or discussing their holiday plans and whereabouts on social media platforms this festive season, as this makes it easier for criminals to target their property.

"The 'Check in' and 'Check Out' notifications on social media sounds more fun but it's a clear invitation for thieves to your house," he warned. Residents were also urged not to carry large sums of cash when traveling during the festive season.

Amukugo further asked residents to make sure their municipal bills are paid up to date to avoid services being discontinued. A statement issued by CoW at the same media briefing alerted residents to look out for markings of possible criminal targets.

"For instance, criminals may plant chewed gum or other detritus on the gate rail of your property and if it is not removed within two or three days, thieves will know that the property is unoccupied. Please be more observant and report such markings immediately to the police," read the statement.

The festive season, as usual, provides the opportunity to set up a police roadblock in almost every part of town as residents are more active on the road and warrants of arrest screening will be one of the priorities.

"If you don't pay or contest your traffic fine by the due date and do not appear in court to present your case, a warrant for your arrest will automatically be issued," said the City.

It also warned about noise pollution and loud sounds emitted from a house or a car that ends up causing nuisance will not be tolerated.

Individuals are requested to be tolerant of their neighbours, and to bear in mind that there are a number of designated recreational facilities such as Goreangab Dam, Paaltjies and the Avis Dam.

Shebeen owners are also requested not to operate on public holidays during the festive season, and should adhere to the operating hours as indicated on their liquor licences.

The statement noted that dog owners going on holiday can take their dog(s) to the Society for the Protection of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA) for the holiday, or should get a trusted person to check and feed their dogs while they are away.