Crime
Prevention
Tips



Personal Safety (Confronting Danger):
  1. Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, something is probably wrong.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings.
  3. Walk close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic.
  4. Carry bags close to your body.
  5. Look confident.
  6. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  7. If you are being followed, head for a crowded place.
  8. If people start milling around you, it could a set-up for a mugging.
  9. Know yourself, how do you react in a crisis situation? Do you scream, cry, freeze? How would you defend yourself?
  10. Remember there is no right or wrong approach to dangerous situations.
  11. Show your anger, not your fear. a furious reaction often may stop an attack. Remember an attacker is looking for an easy victim. Yelling is always a good deterrent (a good choice is to yell FIRE) this will draw attention to those who do not want to get involved but may be concerned for their own safety and may come to help.
  12. If there are other people around, yell loudly enough to get their attention to what the assailant is doing.

    "This man is bothering me", "Get your hands off of me".

  13. If you are alone and do not know anyone on the street or nearby, try calling a name out to make the attacker or assailant to believe you may be with someone. This may also help if you are alone at home.
  14. If someone has a weapon stay calm and wait for an opportunity. Weapons make the situation more dangerous and difficult, but there still may be something you can do about the situation.

Overview

Non-resistance to prevent physical violence, Negotiate, Stall for time, Distracting or diverting the assailant, then fleeing, Verbal assertiveness, Screaming, and using a whistle or shriek alarm to attract attention and help


ATM Machines: Robberies happen at ATM machines throughout the world. Here are some safety tips which may make using the ATM's safer.

  1. If you drive to the ATM it is best to lock your car when using the ATM. But, keep your keys handy so you can enter your car quickly after completing your transaction.
  2. Be alert for anything suspicious, especially two or more people in a nearby vehicle, particularly if no one else is at the ATM, or someone who just appears to be hanging around the area.
  3. When waiting in line wait well behind the person or persons using the ATM.
  4. Never bank at a poorly lit or obscured ATM.
  5. When you are using the ATM and someone is closer than you would like ask them to step back a few steps. If they do not step back it may be best to cancel your transaction and wait in your locked vehicle until that person leaves or you could go to another ATM.
  6. Do not write your PIN on your ATM card,
  7. If you must use your ATM card after dark go with a friend if possible. Many ATM robberies happen between midnight and 6 a.m..
  8. Report all ATM crimes to the local law enforcement and to your financial institution.

Vehicle Crimes:

  1. Try to park your car in a well lighted area, and if possible, avoid parking next to large vehicles, these vehicles can block the view of your car and make it harder to detect someone breaking in.
  2. Do not leave items of value in the car in plan sight.
  3. When leaving your car for any amount of time lock it. Not only does this assist in preventing theft, but it is required by regulation.
  4. If the vehicle is equipped with a gear lock, immobiliser or other type of anti-theft equipment, USE IT

Single Quarters and Married Quarters Security:

  1. When arriving at a new location unpack as soon as possible. Do not leave items unattended outside your quarters.
  2. Get to know your neighbours, not only does this promote a friendly environment, but also increases the awareness in your community.
  3. Everyone has a role to play in security of your living area.
  4. Always lock your door when you leave, this includes when doing laundry or for those with common areas to utilize the facilities on your floor.
  5. When coming home, have your key in your hand. It can be used as a defence weapon.
  6. Secure your personal property and mark it with your ID or force number in a discrete location that only you know.
  7. If you observe strangers hanging around ask them to leave or notify the Military Police or SAPS.
  8. Do not allow entry into your living area to persons you do not know.
  9. If you have a peep hole use it.
  10. Illuminate the entrance to your home.

Jogging Safety:

  1. Physical Fitness is a major part of military life, but ensure your safety when you exercise alone.
  2. Jog with a partner.
  3. Jog in familiar areas, and avoid secluded places.
  4. Do not jog alone after dark.
  5. Wear a reflective vest during hours of darkness.
  6. Carry a whistle when you jog.
  7. Always lock your door when you leave and carry a key, someone might be waiting for you to leave.
  8. Always be aware of your surroundings.

Phone Calls:

  1. Dealing with obscene or annoying phones calls, first thing hang up!
  2. Do not talk to strangers.
  3. Do not interview the caller to try to find out who he or she is.
  4. Do not let your answering machine give you away, that you live alone or are not home. Suggested recorded message "Your message is important to me, please leave your name and number". This message does not leave indication that no one is home or that you are alone. Do not use your name on the answering machine.
  5. Reports threats and continued harassment to the Military Police or the South African Police Service, and to TELCOM.

In the Car:

  1. Ensure your car is in good working order and you have enough petrol.
  2. Make sure you know how to change a flat tyre on your own and make minor repairs.
  3. Reverse into a parking bay as you can get out faster, if necessary.
  4. Park your car in a well-lit area.
  5. If approached by a stranger, lean on the hooter to attract attention or drive away.
  6. Keep all doors locked while driving.
  7. Don't keep valuables, such as handbags or cell phones, on the passenger seat.
  8. Keep enough distance from the car in front to enable you to change lanes and drive away in a hurry.
  9. Look around before entering your driveway.
  10. Don't pick up hitch-hikers. If flagged down, drive to the nearest police station for help or phone the emergency number 10111.

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