Safety tips in time of need

2019-09-17 06:00

With crime at an all time high in Cape Town, and a number of violent and petty crimes taking place daily, police have provided the following safety tips when a kidnapping or hijacking is taking place:

Do:

. Follow the instructions given by the perpetrators to avoid conflict;

. Try to maintain your pride, dignity and self-respect;

. Keep your brain active by playing games in your mind and daydreaming;

. Eat food provided by the captor;

. Maintain a sense of humour;

. Remain orientated regarding your movements, directions, time and place;

. Maintain a routine and remain fit;

. Allow yourself to be led by your captors and follow instructions;

. Remain cool and calm and

. Fall flat and remain down.

Do not:

. Become panic stricken or hysterical during a high-stress situation;

. Offer any form of resistance;

. Become abusive or aggressive;

. Threaten or provoke the captors;

. Try to be a hero;

. Argue with the captors;

. Engage in whispered conversations;

. Use foreign concepts of language;

. Make any demands;

. Be sympathetic towards their cause;

. Try to escape because this could place you at risk.

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