Keep yourself off victim list

2015-11-17 06:00

The Christmas holidays are almost upon us. It is a time of being in a festive mood and a time where lots of money is spent on Christmas shopping. This is also the time criminal elements – due to this festive atmosphere – are active in all forms and place many on their victim lists. We have to help ourselves, our fellow human beings and law enforcement agencies in fighting crime and so become crime preventers. I want to share a few of my “Christmas crime-curbing contributors”.

Arm yourself with self-defence products such as a can of pepper or mace spray. Never place yourself in the line of danger or resist if you are being robbed. Never carry large sums of money on your person.

Make sure that you know exactly where and with whom your children are and take measures to protect your children even if you are not around. Take regular pictures of your children. Never lose sight of your child while in a public place and never ask a stranger to look after your child.

Leaving home, make sure every door and window is locked and when using a remote wait till all gates are closed before driving off. Form a system with neighbours and inform each other of your comings and goings.

Buckle up and always lock your doors. Obey the laws and rules of the road.

Place all valuables in your car’s boot. When going on trips make sure your car is in a complete roadworthy condition and inform family and friends of your route and destination and arrival. Do not drink and drive and remember speed kills. Hold on to your handbags, purses, wallets and cellphones in crowded shops and especially at New Year’s Eve celebrations.

At shopping centres make physical contact with car guards when parking your vehicle. In the event of a robbery or shots being fired fall flat, making you much less of a target or a hostage. Never look a robber in their face or challenge them. Place your money in different places on your clothing.

Avoid exposing cellphones in public and only use them in public if the environment is safe.

When going to the beach make sure of weather conditions, place a long rope with a small life buoy or small inflated car tube in the car’s boot, just in case you have to be a life saver or can be a valuable contributor to a life-saving exercise. Do not take alcohol to the beach as it is against the law.

Never ask anyone for help at an ATM machine. All card transactions must take place in your presence. Never let the card leave your presence or eyesight.

When in a an establishment where alcohol is served, make sure what is being poured into your glass. Know your legal limit.

Make sure your pets’ pictures are updated. When making trips ensure there are also plans made for your pets.

These hints are to be shared.

Keith blake Ottery

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.