Keep women, children safe

2018-11-28 06:00

The safety of women and children should enjoy the same amount of attention all year long, and not only during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Charnel Hattingh, Fidelity ADT’s national marketing and communications manager, expressed this view in a press statement released on behalf of the company.

“Crimes against women and children should be rooted out, and this campaign certainly has value, but our focus should extend to cover all 12 months of the year.

“Do this by following basic safety tips and make sure to share these tips with our loved ones, and talk about safe personal habits throughout the year.”

Issues to discuss:

  • Trust your instinct. Women have great intuition and should listen to it. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, avoid the indivi­dual or situation.
  • Find out if your security service provider offers a panic alarm service which could be downloaded to your cell phone.
  • Tell someone where you are going and the time you expect to return. Save the details of the person to be contacted in an emergency to your cell phone, or memorise it.
  • Be aware of people around you when heading to your vehicle, especially at shopping centres and petrol stations.
  • Ensure that you take a moment to check the street before pulling into a driveway.
  • Lock the doors of your vehicle once inside. Make use of hands-free cell phone devices when driving.

Tips to share with children:

  • Always walk to or from school with a friend or friends. Stick to known streets and never take short cuts through quiet areas or empty parking lots. Never walk with cell phones and tablets in full view.
  • When waiting to be picked up at school, do not leave the premises, but wait on the school grounds for the lift.
  • Never get into a stranger’s car. Remind children that you would never send someone they do not know.
  • Consider using a password system. The person collecting your child from school should know the password.
  • If a stranger approaches them, they should not talk to them, no matter how friendly they may seem. If someone tries to grab them, they must fight, kick and shout.
  • If your child encounters any suspicious activity, encourage them to memorise the suspect’s physical detail, clothing and vehicle.
  • Make sure your child­ren memorise their full names, address and phone number. Use a play phone to teach them how to dial 10111.
  • Find out if your security company offers a mobile tracking app to download on your child’s cell phone.

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