Safety tips to avoid a robbery

2015-05-19 06:00
The Wynberg police urge residents to be vigilant at all times as there has been an increase in robberies across the policing area. 

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The Wynberg police urge residents to be vigilant at all times as there has been an increase in robberies across the policing area. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Following an increase in robberies in the Wynberg precinct the police urge the community to be extra vigilant.

Police spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman says the policing areas of Rondebosch, Mowbray, Claremont, Wynberg and Muizenberg have experienced an increase in robberies, especially street and home robberies, over the past few weeks.

“Most of these incidents have been reported during early morning and late evening into the night,” she says.

Latchman says most of the time unknown persons approach someone armed with either a firearm or knife and rob the victim of his personal belongings.

The police have provided the following safety tips:

. Let a relative or friend know of your destination and estimated time of arrival.

. Do not walk alone in isolated areas, especially at night. Walk in well-lit areas and avoid alleys, shortcuts or secluded areas. Walk along sidewalks and avoid bushes or other potential hiding places.

. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or items such as cellphones and laptops.

. Wear clothing and shoes that allow freedom of movement if you have to run from your attacker.

. Avoid carrying too many packages.

. Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, do not turn up the volume so that you cannot hear outside noises.

The public are also warned against hitchhiking or accepting rides from strangers

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