Stay safe

2017-12-19 06:00

Steenberg police are urging residents to be aware of their surroundings and to stay safe this festive season.

Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, and to trust your instincts, says Steenberg police spokesperson, Warrant Officer John Bartlett.

“Avoid talking to strangers and beware of pickpocketing in congested areas. Avoid displaying valuables, walk in well-lit areas and in a group, and keep your cellphone away from the public eye,” he says.

Bartlett also urges parents to know their children and to watch out for gang warning signs. Bartlett says that when a child joins a gang, parents might see a change in dress code and manners, mood swings, graffiti and the use of hand signs.

“Parents must know their children and also take note of changes in utilising nicknames, dropping old friends and making new ones, gang-related tattoos, the use of slang and the possession of weapons, and the possession of unexpectedly large sums of money, jewellery and new clothing,” he says.

House robberies Most house robberies occur when the house is not properly secured. Ensure that you lock up behind you upon entering your home. Place security gates inside your house to ensure your personal safety.

Business robberies Business owners must be alert at all times to any suspicious persons standing around or hanging out in vehicles around their property.

Armed robberies Do not withdraw large sums of money. Rather make use of electronic fund transfers. If possible, let someone accompany you to an ATM or bank. Be aware of vehicles following you from the bank to your home or business. Should you become aware of a vehicle following you, rather re-route to your nearest police station instead of going to your destination.

Missing persons

There is no time limit in reporting a missing person, especially a child. Report a missing person immediately.

Take a recent photograph and a description of the missing person to your nearest police station and report it as soon as possible. Always know where your children are. While you are at work, place your children in the care of someone you can trust.

Important emergency numbers to contact:

Steenberg Police Station: 0217029000

Station commander Colonel Jan ­Alexander: 082 460 7087

Community Policing Forum ­chairperson: 082 826 0855

Emergency services: 107

Police emergency number: 10 111

Crime Stop: 0860 010 111

Women abuse helpline: 0800 150 150

Childline: 0800 055 555

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