Visitor Holiday Safety Tips
While the influx of visitors over the Festive Season may be a favourable time for criminals, Ballito Neighbourhood Watch are offering tips on how holidaymakers can stay safe.
- Criminals are aware that people have more money to spend at this time of year. Be aware at all times, be sensible and be responsible. Do not create an opportunity for a crime to occur. Always be aware of who is around you and not allow people to distract you.
- It is easy to slip into holiday mode and not think about security. ALWAYS lock up properly at night, set alarm systems and ensure that valuables are placed out of sight and reach.
- Don’t flash your cash, jewellery, wallets or cellphones, and don’t leave valuables in your car or anything lying on your seat that may tempt a thief to break a window.
- Car Jamming – Prevent yourself from being a victim of remote jamming by physically checking that your car and boot are locked before you walk away. Be aware of your surroundings and take note of suspicious people or activity in the car park. If you suspect that you are being car jammed rather get back into your car and leave the area. Go park somewhere else and report it to the centre management or security. Never push your remote while walking away from the vehicle
- Be vigilant when using ATMs and do not allow anyone to distract you or offer to help you. If you feel uncomfortable at any given time rather cancel the transaction and walk away.
- Party-goers are warned not to accept open drinks from anyone or leave with someone they have just met.
- Stay with your group when club hopping, stay on ‘the beaten track’ within well-lit paths, avoid short cuts, and drink responsibly. Stay in touch with each other should you break from the group, and make sure your mail/voice messages are saved on the iCloud and sent to a friend or family member
- Swimming – the ocean is a lot different than swimming in the pool. Only swim in the designated areas. Try not to swim alone or advise your group where you will be swimming.
- Never swim under the influence of alcohol. Never let children swim alone in the sea. If you see somebody in trouble in the ocean, alert your lifeguard.