Cops’ safety tips

2018-06-26 06:01

With learners enjoying school holidays, local police have released hints and guidelines to prevent street and beach robberies­.

“Muizenberg police would like to encourage our community to be more vigilant and adhere to basic guidelines when walking on the street and beach. We have general safety hints, hints for beach goers as well as hikers,” says Captain Stephan Knapp, spokesperson of Muizenberg police.

According to him you should never walk alone, but always in a group.

“When walking you should refrain from talking on your cellphone and not display jewellery. Be observant and take note of your surroundings. Be wary of loitering strangers and always attempt to walk in well lit places after dark. Avoid open fields or secluded areas,” Knapp says.

When travelling on a train, you should especially be wary when the train is departing and guard your valuables. This is important especially during peak times.

“Keep emergency numbers handy and note descriptions of suspicious persons when alerting the police. Trust your instinct and avoid talking to strangers,” Knapp says.

Beach goers should never leave their possessions unattended, especially their car keys.

“Report any suspicious characters to the police and ensure that you memorise a complete description of the suspect/s. Do not leave children unattended and always keep a watchful eye on them. Pay head to lifeguard instructions. Adults should also remember that alcohol and other glass bottles/containers are not allowed on the beach.

“Hikers should never hike alone but always in a group. They should not hike after dark. When approached by strangers, be wary,” Knapp advises.

He also suggested that you do not take unnecessary valuables on your hike.

“Let someone know what route you are walking and your time of return. It is also advisable to stay on the demarcated hiking routes and when hikers park their cars, they should not leave valuables in plain sight in their vehicles,” says Knapp.

V Contact him on 021 787 9010 in an emergency.

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