Police offer these safety tips:

2015-12-15 06:00

Police have issued the following safety tips for the pending festive season with crimes such as assault, theft out of and theft of motor vehicle as well as carjacking on the rise:

Personal safety

. Know the police and all other emergency numbers, always tell someone where you are going, do not display valuables like cell phones, jewellery in public, and remember you have the right to say no.


. Often the use of alcohol or drugs is a contributing factor to violence. Refrain from excessive drinking and know your limit. Remove yourself from a situation of potential physical violence; rather return when you are in control of your emotions.

Theft of motor vehicle

. Park your vehicle in a safe spot. Check that all doors are locked and windows are closed before leaving your vehicle. Activate your car alarm or gear lock. Don’t leave valuables like cellphones, handbags, laptops etc where they are visible to opportunists, and watch out for and report suspicious persons to security. Avoid travelling to unknown places at night if you can. Check out the route beforehand. Be alert at traffic lights for persons loitering about

Important numbers

. Mitchells Plain Shift Commander 082 411 2379; Mitchells Plain Community Service Centre (CSC) 021 370 1653.

. Lentegeur CSC 021 377 5016.

. Strandfontein 021 370 1516.

. Province Wide 10111.

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