How to stay safe this holiday season - Tips from the country's top cop

2018-12-14 14:55
National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole. (Gallo)

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole. (Gallo)

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South Africa's top cop wants all citizens to be safe this festive season and is appealing to everyone to be considerate, responsible and vigilant to ensure their personal safety and that of others.

According to national police commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, the end-of-year holidays are traditionally for relaxation and festivities. However, he warned that it was also a time when complacency seemed to set in and criminals became opportunistic.

"This is also a period when there is a greater tendency of abuse of alcohol and drugs, ultimately resulting in the abuse of women, children and other vulnerable groups, aggravated robberies, assaults and an increase in carnage on our roads," he said.

He said the police remained committed to ensuring that people were safe and secure.

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Below are some tips the commissioner thinks South Africans should consider:

Be aware of your surroundings and any suspicious looking people/behaviour;

Report any suspicious behaviour/activity to the nearest police station; and

Don't drink and walk on public roads.


He said that the police would primarily be focused on aggravated robberies, crimes against women, children and people with disabilities, the proliferation of arms and ammunition, border security, liquor outlets and road safety enforcement.

Sitole also raised the issue of prank calls to the police's crime line, saying that these increased during the holidays.

"This places a huge burden on police resources which can be better utilised for legitimate cases," he said.

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The police commissioner urged those who were on the road to buckle up and said they should not drink or use other dependency producing substances before driving.

"Be alert. Should you suspect that you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station," he added.

Sitole cautioned citizens about jamming devices, saying motorists should check that their cars are locked before leaving a parking area.

In addition, he warned: "Always use an ATM that is in a well-lit area and not secluded. Preferably use an ATM inside a shopping mall/complex or filling station and do not allow anyone to assist you [to withdraw] money."

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