Safety and Cleaning Tips
On the Street
- Do not wear flashy and visible jewellery.
- Be cautious with your valuables, e.g. camera or laptop.
- Do not walk and talk on your cellphone.
- Do not place your handbag, briefcase, or shopping bags on the pavements.
- If you have been pickpocketed, take note of the criminals’ shoes. In many cases, pickpocketers steal an item, and then appear again later with different clothes – but in most cases the shoes are the same.
- Be aware of the persons around you.
- Avoid over-crowded ATMs, pavements, or stores.
- Avoid isolated, dark places.
- Use credit and debit cards where possible and only carry small amounts of cash.
- Encourage visitors to get advice from their hotel before embarking on foot or for details of safe and reliable public transport.
- Store all emergency numbers on your cellphone, so it can be easily accessible when needed.
- Do not disclose any personal information to people who you have just met.
In the Car
- Always know where you are going; keep all doors locked and if necessary leave your windows open about 5 cm.
- Don’t use your cellphone while driving and, with caution, if you have a ‘hands free kit’.
- Never pick up hitchhikers or offer strangers a ride in your vehicle.
- Lock all valuables in your boot and don’t cover your handbag, cellphone, or laptop with a jacket or towel.
- Be vigilant when stopping at traffic lights and observe pedestrians, especially those who are walking between vehicles at intersections.
- If possible have ‘Smash and Grab’ protection fitted to your windows.
- If you are lost or need information, look out for a uniformed policeman or for a UIP Crime Monitor in their bright orange uniforms.
In your Store
- Display your Shop Theft Policy boldly on your windows and inside your store.
- Train your staff to be attentive and alert.
- Keep valuable merchandise under lock and key and away from store exits.
- Monitor and update your internal security.
Metro Police and SAPS Safety Tips
- Be careful when using ATM’s as the SAPS warns of a device that is being used by criminals to card swap at exceptional speed. Do not be distracted by anything or anybody when drawing money!
- Do not leave valuables lying around on car seats or in full view of criminals.
- When going to swim, do not leave goods unattended or bury them in the sand. There are unknown criminals all around watching for an opportunity.
- Do not hide your car keys under rocks or anywhere on the beach. Thieves do not need to make an effort to steal your car, but just drive off with it.
- Ensure that vehicle doors are locked and windows are fully closed.
- If you are using your cell phone to take pictures, do so quickly and by observing your surroundings. If you are using a standard camera, make sure the straps are secure around your neck to avoid snatching.
- Don’t make yourself a target by standing out – blend in with the crowd.
- Do not bring large groups of children to the beach, unless you have sufficient child-minders. This not only leads to lost children, but danger in the water.
- Parents, watch your kids at all times.
- If you feel uncomfortable in an area – leave!
- Do not argue with a criminal during a hijacking or theft.
- Try to remain calm at all times.
- Report crime.
Valuable Cleaning Tips
- Restaurants and food outlets should provide visible refuse bins, with bin liners in and near their premises and insist that patrons use them.
- Visible signage should be displayed in restaurants and stores to educate customers about litter.
- Traders and shop owners must discard waste correctly.
- Do not throw litter from your cars, your premises or on the street.
- If you witness someone littering, do not hesitate to point them to the nearest litter bin.