Easter is upon us and many people will be travelling to holiday destinations and church gatherings. This is also acknowledged as a time when criminals up their game, taking advantage of unsuspecting people.Therefore, the police in the Northern Cape urge community members to not let their guard down. Parents and guardians are advised to never let children out of their sight when visiting shopping malls and to always know their whereabouts. Follow these safety tips to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of crime: Safety at home Keep emergency numbers close at hand. Never leave keys in a gate or lock. Make provision for good outside lighting. Remember, however, that outside lights that are left on during the day draw the attention of thieves. ) Inform your neighbours you will not be around and ask them to check your house for you and also collect mail left at the gate. Do not leave any entry doors open, as it serves as an invitation to burglars. Robbers have been known to pose as police officers. Always request to see the identification card which must always be carried by members of the police. It should state name, rank and service number and display the member’s photo. A watchdog is a good early warning system. Never ignore barking during the night. When investigating, do so with caution and do not go outside before you are sure it is safe. Safety at ATMs Avoid isolated ATMs and using the ATM late at night. If you feel unsafe at an ATM, or you are suspicious of individuals loitering in the vicinity, trust your instinct and leave. Never write your pin number down or carry it with your bank card. Never accept help from strangers when using an ATM. Take your time when doing the transaction. Do not be distracted, intimidated or hurried into your transaction.