Be crime conscious – be aware of crime opportunities at all times

January 18, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Security Information

Be crime conscious - be aware of crime opportunities at all times. Photo: SAPS

South Africa struggles with very high levels of crime and violence. A crime index compiled by Numbeo shows that South Africa is considered the third-most dangerous country in the world – with four South African cities listed in the top 10.

Below is a list of safety tips compiled by the South African Police Service:

  • Never walk around alone and don’t talk to strangers. Be on the lookout for strange cars or people.
  • Walk in well-lit busy streets and in a group, if possible.
  • Make sure your home is secure, and become a member of an armed response service.
  • Be sure that you know all the emergency numbers or have them displayed in an accessible area.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. But think twice before advertising your impending absence on social media. Criminals also have access to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Know all emergency numbers.
  • Trust your instinct.
  • Avoid going onto a congested street where you cannot even walk properly, that is where you will find criminals pick pocketing.
  • Avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them.

Visit the SAPS Website for more safety tips.