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Rather be safe than sorry

Holiday means it is time for rest and relaxation, but local police warn locals and holidaymakers not to become too complacent when it comes to their safety. Capt Tania Helfrich, local police spokesperson, says it is important to stay vigilant.

. Safety tips when visiting the West Coast

Keep your valuable items locked away. Never leave the house/guest house or tent with valuable items lying around.

Ensure that doors and windows are properly locked when leaving the house/guest house or when you are going to sleep. Secure your tent at all times.

Never keep valuable items in your vehicle overnight. . Personal safety

Know the police station’s number and all emergency numbers (see page 18). Always tell someone where you are going

Do not display valuables like cell phones, jewellery and the like in public

Remember you have the right to say NO when feeling uncomfortable.. Safety of children

To avoid vulnerable and dangerous situations don’t leave children alone at home or elsewhere where they can become the victim of abuse, alcohol and drugs.

Teach children to keep doors and windows locked; to know their parents’ and the police’s numbers as well as their home street address.

Keep a close watch on children at swimming pools, beaches or busy shopping centres.

Remember there is no waiting period to report a person as missing;

Assist the police when reporting a missing person, know the schedules and movements of loved ones and family members and make a point of remembering the clothes they wear.. Safety at the ATM and bank

Avoid isolated ATMs and using them late at night. Never give your card or PIN to anyone for any reason – not even a bank official, security personnel or a police official. Never accept help from strangers when using the ATM. Ensure that the personnel who assist you are personnel of the specific Bank. Ensure that your own card is returned after the transaction. Don’t allow your card to be removed from your sight.

Wherever possible, keep your cash withdrawals to a minimum. Watch out for people standing very close to you and looking over your shoulder as you type in your PIN.

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