Be alert in holidays

2017-12-13 06:01

Those who break the law will face the full might of the judicial system.

Thus the South African Police Service and partners appeal to the community in its #Crime Must Fall bid to partner with them to ensure safety.

In an effort to afford everyone an opportunity to enjoy a crime-free and safer festive season, the police will continue special operations in line with Operation Festive.

Community members are urged to take heed of the following and assist law enforcement agencies in taking measures in safeguarding their property:

Residential property

  • House keys should never be left lying around or kept dangling in the outside doors.
  • Owners should park their vehicles in garages (if they have one). Even if the vehicle is parked in a garage, make sure that the garage doors and vehicle are locked and the vehicle’s alarm is activated.

) Never leave valuable items (such as laptops and cellphones) lying around before retiring for the night.

  • Never ignore the irritating bark of the dogs. Burglars will rarely enter through the front door of a house, so dogs will alert you of exactly where they are.

Stolen goods

  • Do not buy stolen goods, because it 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 Crime Stop 08600-10111.

ATMs

  • Avoid isolated ATMs and using an ATM late at night. Cancel your tran­saction immediately if you are distracted by someone.
  • Avoid making huge cash withdrawals or carrying large amounts of money as this draws criminals’ attention to you.
  • Due to buzzing shopping centres and CBDs, make sure that your handbag is close to your body and clutched tightly. Never put a wallet in the back pocket of your 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 and remember that if a child is mis­sing, it must be reported immediately.
  • Never let your children swim in pools, dams or rivers alone and unsupervised.

Hijacking

  • Ensure that your vehicle is always in good condition with good tyres (including a spare wheel).
  • Never pick up hitchhikers, as criminals can pose as hitchhikers.
  • Women are especially warned against hitchhiking.

Road safety

  • Do not speed. Adhere to the rules.
  • Do not text or speak on your cell phone while driving.
  • Stop and rest frequently.
  • Wear safety belts.
  • Make sure your vehicle is road­worthy and do not overload it.
  • Do not drink and drive.

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