The festive decorations are up, the sun is out, school is almost out, and before we know it, we’ll be completely immersed in the festive season. Whilst we look forward to all the festivities and, for most people, the one chance we get to kick back, relax, and enjoy the break, it’s important to keep safety front of mind.
Although the statistics released by the SAPS & Stats SA in 2018 showed some decreases in crime levels during the festive season, crime remains one of the biggest concerns for several South Africans.
So, we rounded up a couple of safety tips to help you stay alert this festive season:
Going shopping? Avoid car remote jamming. After locking the vehicle, pull the handle to double-check that it is locked before walking away.
If you are looking to travel and your home will be left unoccupied, make sure your home alarm system is working properly. If you don’t have an alarm system installed, ensure that all security gates are locked, and all windows have reliable barriers. And finally, leave a set of keys with either a neighbour, family member or friend in case of an emergency.
Whether you will be closing shop completely, or will be operating with skeleton staff; again, ensure all your security systems are working by testing these regularly. From cameras to panic buttons, alarm systems and burglar proofing.
Before you head out, is your cellphone covered? What about your laptop or your favourite jewerly and watches? If you’re going to be travelling or even heading to the mall, make sure you have the right cover for your smaller items. Keep an eye on your valuables, stay alert, and be incredible wary of your surroundings.
And with all of that said, here’s to a happy and safe festive season. You deserve it!