Tips on how to avoid being a victim of crime

2018-12-20 19:09
The crime rate has increased between 2017/2018 by 5% to a total of 1,5million incidences. (PHOTO:Getty/Gallo)

The crime rate has increased between 2017/2018 by 5% to a total of 1,5million incidences. (PHOTO:Getty/Gallo)

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Getting mugged is something one does not prepare for, however, there are precautions you can take to help decrease the chances of becoming a victim of theft or robbery.

It's hard to say there is one way to definitively prevent mugging, but we can offer a number of expert tips and steps to avoid getting mugged while traveling.

According to Stats SA,  the crime rate has increased between 2017/2018 by 5% to a total of 1,5million incidences. Housebreakings or burglary have been the most dominant crime. Nearly 32% of items stolen during a house break in include clothes, cellphones and food.

The South African reported that the Western Cape still sits at the highest on the list of crime reported at the police station and Nyanga is the most notorious area in the country popular for its gang violence while Gauteng has had an increase of taxi violence.

A total of 2.09 million crimes were recorded in 2018, according to Business Tech.

In an interview with Drum Johannesburg Metro Police Senior Superintendent, Wayne Minnaar, gave us a few tips on how citizens can avoid getting mugged.

Tips from Wayne:

1.       Never carry too much cash.

2.       Do not walk in secluded places alone.

3.       Do not wear expensive jewelry publically.

4.       Do not carry publically an expensive phone.

5.       Be safety cautious at all times.

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