SAPS gives tips for staying safe

2016-03-16 06:00

THE South African Police Service’s (SAPS) commitment to creating a safe and secure environment for all South Africans primarily depend on communities’ cooperation with the police.

Maj. Dimakatso Mooi of the Kimberley Police encourages communities to voluntarily bring forth information on criminals and their activities. That way, law-abiding citizens will be taking reasonable steps to ensure their safety.

The Easter holidays are around the corner, when most people will be on the road travelling to holiday destinations, church conferences and visiting families. Homeowners are urged to take the necessary precautions in safeguarding their property and possessions.

The police gave these useful hints for homeowners:

  • Residents going on holiday or on weekends are urged to report their vacant house to the local police station so that the police can regularly patrol the area.
  • When installing alarm systems, link it to a response unit.
  • Mail left at the gate is a sign that nobody is home. Get a friend or neighbour to keep a regular eye on your property and to remove mail and ­newspapers.
  • Firearm owners must ensure that their firearms are kept safe at all times. Persons whose firearms are lost or stolen because of their negligence will be criminally charged and can be declared unfit to possess a firearm.
  • Avoid isolated ATMs and using them late at night. Never give your card or pin number to anyone for any reason Z not even a bank official, security personnel or a police officer. Never accept help from strangers when using the ATM. If you are distracted by someone while you are attempting to make a transaction, cancel your transaction immediately.
  • Be wary of your surroundings, especially when standing at traffic lights.
  • Avoid answering or using your cellphone in public. If you have to, walk into a shop.
  • People who are travelling should avoid hitchhiking and motorists should avoid offering people lifts, as they might be robbed or killed, and women might also be raped.
  • Motorists are warned that there will be a no-nonsense approach in dealing with drunk or reckless drivers.
  • Drinking in public will also not be tolerated and those found breaking the law will be dealt with harshly.

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