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Smash & Grab

  • Don’t leave cell phones, bags, briefcases or other valuables where they are visible in the car.
  • Lock valuable items in the boot of your car or behind the seat if you drive a bakkie or pick-up truck.
  • Lock all doors and close all windows.
  • Be especially cautious in stationary or slow moving traffic.
  • Be constantly  on the lookout for suspicious-looking characters. Do not hesitate to report them to the police.
  • Slow down when approaching red traffic lights at night and try to reach them only as they turn green.
  • Be wary of people standing at traffic lights or intersections.
  • Never open your window or door for any stranger.
  • If you encounter rocks, tyres or other obstacles in the road do not get out of your vehicle to remove them.
  • Reverse and drive in the opposite direction if necessary.
  • Always park your car in attended parking lots.
  • Always park in well lit areas at night.
  • Never sit in your vehicle without being conscious of your surroundings.
  • Never sleep in a stationary vehicle.
  • Always remove radios, CD or cassette players if possible.
  • Never leave children alone in a vehicle.
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Shopping

  • Avoid carrying a large amount of money.
  • Never leave valuable possessions in a trolley.
  • Don’t allow your children to go to a public toilet unaccompanied.
  • Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket not a back pocket.
  • Carry your bag around your neck and diagonally across your body.
  • When paying cash do not take out more money than necessary.
  • Hold hands with smaller children.
  • Lock Shopping bags in the boot of your car if you wish to continue shopping.
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In an emergency

  • Do not panic. Think laterally. Talk your way out of the situation.
  • Do not resist unless you are absolutely sure it will lead to your escape.
  • If your instincts are to physically resist, do not hold back.
  • If circumstances dictate that you must not resist, concentrate on noting a physical description of your attacker.
  • In a robbery or hijacking, do as you are told. Do not argue or challenge your attacker and avoid eye contact.
  • Keep your hands still and visible. If you need to undo your seat belt, ask first.
  • Always remember you can replace your possessions but not your life.
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Home Security

  • Install a home security system with alarm monitoring and armed response.
  • Never listen to music, watch a TV or entertain guests with open or unbarred windows or doors.
  • Report strange vehicles or suspicious activity in your neighborhood to your security company and the police.
  • Never leave a key inside of an exterior door which has glass panels or glass near it.
  • Don’t leave messages on your door stating what time you will be home.
  • Try not to keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Keep your garden well lit and cut back your trees and shrubs to eliminate any possible hiding places.
  • Please ensure that your house number or address is clearly marked on the outside of your premises. This makes it easier for Emergency personnel to find you if necessary.
  • Store emergency contact numbers on your cell phone or make a note of them next to the telephone.
  • Windows should be secured or closed at night, even if you live above the ground floor.
  • Glass break detectors can be installed onto your existing alarm system, they can be set up to trigger when glass is broken even if your alarm system is not armed.
  • Ensure all your exterior doors are secured with security gates.
  • Burglar bars should be fitted over all windows, especially all windows that can open.
  • Outward opening doors usually have hinges on the outside, making it easier for criminals to remove the hinge pins. Install hinge bolts or security gates to cover these areas.
  • Sliding doors need to be secured against criminals lifting them off their rails.
  • Fit a peep-hole and chain to your front door.
  • Do not leave garden tools or items out when not in use, these can be used to gain entry to your premises.
  • It is your right to see identification cards of callers claiming to be government officials or company representatives. Insist on it, if they cannot be provided or you are still unsure, call your security company and the police.
  • If you come home to an open door or any other sign of forced entry, don’t go in. Contact your security company and local police and wait for them to arrive.
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General Safety Tips

  • Do not attract unwarranted attention by openly displaying cash, expensive jewelery, cameras and other valuables
  • Carry your wallet, credit cards, passport and other travel documents in your inside and front pockets
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money, particularly foreign currency
  • Avoid strange, dark, poorly lit or isolated places
  • Avoid traveling or exploring on your own
  • Plan travel routes beforehand
  • Carry a certified copy of your ID
  • Go out in groups of people
  • Let people know where you are at all times