Crime prevention ‘suss’

2016-03-22 06:00

I HAVE visited countless incidents of crime over the years and one of the most common questions I get asked so often i, why me?

Unfortunately, more often than not, that is a question best answered by the victim. Crime prevention means being aware of your environment and remaining alert to situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. We cannot list specific measures that will protect you from every threatening situation that arises. Instead, we hope to teach you how to think “crime prevention” in day-to-day living.

The suggestions presented here should not be thought of as a list of crime-prevention measures, merely as examples of common sense behaviour that will help you to make life safer and more secure.

Walking

If at possible, never walk alone, be observant and don’t walk and text - always make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Don’t have cellphones in your back pocket because it will get taken and if you carry a bag make sure it is firmly in your grip.

Driving

Don’t drive with windows open especially when stuck in traffic. On Old Main Road in Pinetown, near Crompton Street, there is a huge problem with drivers falling victim to smash-and-grabs. Never allow yourself to be boxed in and fall prey to a possible hijacking, especially when pulling into your driveway.

Theft from vehicles

Keep valuables out of sight. Expensive items in full view invite theft even if the vehicle is locked. Don’t advertise the type of equipment you have in your vehicle.

Place valuable items in your boot not on the front or back seats.

The above is but a few tips that could prevent you from becoming an easy target.

May you all have a safe month ahead and remember if you have any information on criminal activity in your area that you would like to report, call me on 082 820 4017 or email sacomcrimewatch@gmail.com All information will be dealt with confidentially.

- Steven King.

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