#FestiveSeason: Safety tips

The South African Police Service has, together with other security and government agencies, committed to ensuring a safer festive season to ensure that people are and feel safe. “We are focusing primarily on aggravated robberies, crimes against women, children and people with disability, proliferation of arms and ammunition, border security, liquor outlets and road safety enforcement, said National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole. The police chief has shared the following safety tips:
lBe aware of your surroundings and any suspicious looking persons/behavior;
lReport any suspicious behaviour/activity around your surroundings to your nearest police station;
lDon’t drink and walk on public roads.
lWhen calling the SAPS HOTLINES 10111 (EMERGENCY) 08600 10111 (CRIME TIP-OFFS):
With regards to vehicles, sitole says;
lBuckle up and do not drive under the influence of alcohol or any dependency producing substances.
lAlways ensure compliance with road safety speed limits.
lDo not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
lBe alert. Should you suspect that you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station.
lAvoid driving alone, especially at night.
lJamming devices are frequently used by criminals, so ensure that your vehicle is locked by physically checking it before leaving when parking.
lAlways ensure that you inform family and friends of your whereabouts.
lKeep all vehicle doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
lAlways park in a well-lit area.
lNever leave your vehicle unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
lDo not leave valuables on the seat of your car. This creates temptation for thieves. Always put your valuable items in the boot of your vehicle.
lWhen approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.
lDo not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in your surroundings.
lWhen driving long distance, ensure that you check your vehicle at your nearest car dealership before your trip.

Regarding the use of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)
lAlways use an ATM that is in a well-lit area and not secluded.
lPreferably use an ATM inside a shopping mall/complex or filling station.
lDo not allow anyone to assist you while using an ATM.
lProtect your PIN and do not share it with anyone

When you are at home:
lBe extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
lDo not leave children unattended.
lWhen leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbour or family member watch your house.
lDo not open the gate for strangers.
lBe aware that criminals pose as municipal workers.

“Remember to be extra cautious and vigilant and to share these safety tips with family and friends,” said Sitole.

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