Safety hints for festive season

2016-12-14 06:02

The Northern Cape police will perform special operations in line with Operation Festive Back to Basics to ensure the safety of people, says Lt Col Dimakatso Mooi.

However, the police urges that pro- active measures need to be in place and give the following tips:


Residential place

  • House keys should never be left lying around or kept dangling on the outside doors. Keep it out of sight.
  • Park vehicles in the garage and make sure that the garage doors and the vehicle are locked and alarm activated.
  • Be observant of any bushy or vacant area near your house, as criminals will hide stolen items in the bush.
  • Never leave valuable items lying around before retiring for the night.
  • Do not ignore the irritating bark of the dogs. Housebreakers will rarely enter through the front door of a house, so dogs will alert you of exactly where they are. Phone the police to report unusual activity.

Stolen goods

  • Do not buy any stolen goods. If you buy stolen goods, more people will suffer, because buying stolen goods motivates criminals to repeat their actions. Receiving stolen goods is punishable by law.
  • Reject any goods you suspect could have been stolen and report the matter to the police on the Crime Stop number at 08600-10111.

ATMs

  • Avoid isolated ATMs and the use of an ATM late at night. Never give your card or pin number to anyone for any reason, not even to a bank official, security personnel or a police officer.
  • Never accept help from strangers when using an ATM. If you are distracted by someone while at the ATM, cancel your transaction immediately.
  • Avoid making huge cash withdrawals or carrying a large amount of money as this draws criminals’ attention to you.
  • Those with stokvels or social club groups are urged not to make withdrawals of their savings, but to rather go inside the bank and request help to transfer the beneficiaries’ share to their bank accounts.
  • Shopping centres and the CBD will be buzzing with people doing their Christmas shopping. Carry your handbag close to your body and clutch it tightly. Never put a wallet in the back-pocket of pants.
  • Conceal your cellphone when you are in a public place and do not get tricked into lending your cellphone to someone to make a call.

Children

  • Parents need to know the whereabouts of their children at all times.
  • Do not leave children unattended. Always make sure that when they are at the malls or shopping centres, they have adult supervision. When a child is missing, report it immediately. Time is of the essence.
  • Never let your children swim in pools, dams or rivers alone and unsupervised.
  • Children who cannot swim should never be allowed in the water. An appeal is made to adults not to enter the water whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Hijacking and hijackers

  • Ensure that your vehicle is always in running condition with good tyres (including a spare wheel) and has enough fuel for your planned trip. Know your destination and the directions to it and be alert if you get lost.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers, as most criminals pose as hitchhikers only to hijack, rob, hurt or kill you.
  • Women should not hitchhike, as this can be very dangerous. You do not know the person who gives you a lift and by accepting a lift, you are placing your life in danger.

The fight against crime is everyone’s responsibility. Partner with the police to enjoy a crime free and safer festive season.

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