Communities warned against imposters

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Rear view of security guard with flashlight in building corridor

Criminals are constantly looking for new and innovative ways of gaining access to people’s homes and properties. One of the ways they succeed in doing so is by pretending to be someone else.

This is why home owners should be cautious as to who they allow inside. It appears that imposters are using the fact that more people are working from home to step up their efforts as they know someone will be around to open the door.

According to the Head of Marketing and Communications at Fidelity ADT, Charnel Hattingh, suburbs across South Africa have seen their own version of these imposters, which often seem to involve people pretending to be some kind of service provider.

She says that people act as if they are someone who is chopping down a neighbour’s overgrown tree, municipal water-meter reader, a technician installing fibre or a satellite dish, to even fake police officers or armed response security officers.  Hattingh says people should verify the identity of anyone trying to gain access to your home. “If there is any doubt, don’t open the door for them.”

She also recommends keeping the contact details of the closest police station and the neighbourhood watch close at hand, so that you can call them if there is any worry about someone trying to get access to your property.

“When it comes to our own teams, it is important for residents to remember that security technicians always work on an appointment basis. It means that no one will show up at your door unannounced, asking to inspect your home security system,” she said.

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za