Keeping safe is as much your responsibility as the authorities. Here is what you can do.

ENTERTAINMENT SAFETY
  • Don’t leave handbags under tables, on the baacks of chairs or on restroom hooks.
  • Don’t leave cellphones of wallets on restaurant tables.
  • Keep your credit cards in sight at all times. Ask for the credit machine to be brought to your table.
  • Don’t leave drinks unattended.
CAR SAFETY
  • Keep your doors locked at all times.
  • Park in well-lit areas at night.
  • Keep enough distance from the car in front of you to enable you to change lanes and drive away in a hurry.
  • Don’t pick-up hitchhikers / strangers.
  • Look around before entering you driveway.
  • Always have you car / house keys ready when walking to your car / entrance to your home.
  • Be alert of strangers begging at intersections and avoid giving them money – rather donate to a known charity.
  • Never open your window when approached by a stranger.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to a busy place or nearest police station.
  • Don’t keep any items visible on the seat of your vehicle.
  • Check your vehicle after locking with remote device.
IN THE STREET
  • Don’t walk in deserted or dark areas.
  • Keep your handbag and possessions close to your body.
  • Avoid using your cellphone while walking.
  • Keep your cellphone and wallet tucked away.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or visibly carrying cameras and other valuables.
  • Don’t carry large sums of money and avoid counting it in the open.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • If being followed proceed to the nearest public place.
ATM / BANK SAFETY
  • Use ATM’s in well lit and safe places.
  • Don’t allow your card to be removed from your sight.
  • Don’t accept help from strangers or give out your pin number, not even to persons claiming to be bank officials.
  • Watch our for the people standing very close to you and looking over your shoulder as you type in your pin.
  • Never leave your card in the ATM. When stuck, follow instructions provided on ATM machine.
  • Make sure you are not followed after a transaction.
BEACH AND POOL
  • Don’t drink alcohol and swim.
  • Watch children constantly to avoid drowning.
  • Read and obey warning notices.
  • Don’t dive into shallow water.
  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended.
HOME SAFETY
  • Never allow strangers into your home, always confirm the legitimacy.
  • Invest in and utilise a good security system.
  • Adequate lighting around the perimeter of your house acts as a good deterrent.
  • Trim shrubs around windows and entrances so they cannot conceal intruders.
  • When you leave your home at night leave interior lights on so that your house looks occupied.
  • If living in a complex, don’t open entrance / foyer doors to strangers and prevent tailgating.
  • Never disclose that you are home alone.
  • Always be alert to vehicles or persons following you into your entrance or the garage.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers next to the telephone.
  • Secure firearms is a safe within your house.
CELLPHONE SAFETY
  • Conceal cellphones when in a public place.
  • Never leave your cellphone unattended.
  • Do not leave your cellphone visible in your car.
  • When in a public place answer only when safe to do so.
  • Don’t allow your cellphone to be used by strangers.
HOTEL SAFETY
  • Place your valuables / passport in hotel safe.
  • Never leave your property unattended.
  • Close and lock the door when you are in your room.
  • Don’t open the door without first checking who it is.
  • Ensure that identifiable hotel staff assist you.
  • When touring it is recommended to use registered guides.
SHOULD YOU BE A VICTIM OF CRIME
  • Stay calm and do not panic.
  • Don’t resist – follow all instructions.
  • Try and remember the description / characteristics of the attacker.
  • Report the crime to the police station immediately or call 10111.
GIVE RESPONSIBLY
  • Don’t give directly to people begging on the streets.
  • Support registered charities assisting the homeless.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
  • Report drug activities.
  • Report stolen property.
  • Report suspicious vehicles or persons.
  • Join Community Initiatives / neighbourhood watch.