KwaDukuza SAPS Social Crime Prevention team visits Thembeni

2018-07-11 06:02
KwaDukuza SAPS officers with a member of the community who they gave a safety awareness pamphlet to.PHOTO: supplied

KwaDukuza SAPS officers with a member of the community who they gave a safety awareness pamphlet to.PHOTO: supplied

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THE KwaDukuza SAPS Social Crime Prevention team, together with KwaDukuza SAPS officers, held a community safety project in the Thembeni area recently.

The team held the door to door project to create awareness among the community on how to keep safe during high crime periods, as well as how to keep their loved ones safe.

Members of the Kwadukuza SAPS Social Crime Prevention team got to interact with the community, as well as the youth in the area, informing them on how to keep safe.

The Thembeni residents were provided with a number of key safety tips:

• Try not to walk in remote places at any time.

• Carry a self defence spray and use it whenever you feel you are in danger.

• Do not carry large sums of money.

• If you are out at night, make sure you are in well-lit areas. Try to go out in groups and never alone.

• Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

• Carry your handbag close to your body and avoid wearing highly visible jewellery.

• Have your keys ready when you approach your car and always look inside your car before you get in.

• Never overload yourself with parcels — it could make you a target.

• Always know the area you are in.

The children of the Thembeni community were also informed on how to protect themselves from danger with a number of safety tips:

• Do not accept gifts from strangers.

• Don’t allow strangers to give you a lift.

• If someone approaches you in a car and looks suspicious, run in the opposite direction of the car to a safe or crowded place.

• Always let your parents know where you are going and when you will return.

• Should the telephone ring when you are home alone, don’t tell the caller that you are alone and remember to not tell the caller your name.

KwaDukuza SAPS Station Commander Brigadier SF Mhlongo urged the community to be vigilant at all times as the safety of the community is highly important to the SAPS.

“KwaDukuza SAPS members will be working special multidisciplinary operations to ensure that the crime is drastically curbed within the KwaDukuza area,” she said.

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