We spoke to Andries Meiring from CPS Security to get some crime prevention tips. Robbery is a crime of opportunity that can be reduced through awareness and prevention. says Meiring from CPS Security.
Here is the tips from Meiring.
- The majority of robbers are serial criminals who will continue their actions until arrested. If you see someone or something suspicious, contact the SAPS immediately.
- Keep expensive items out of sight. Avoid showing your wallet or wearing expensive jewelry when you know you’ll be out walking. Don’t leave your phone or purse on the seat of your car.
- Lock your doors and windows, even when you’re at home.
- If you notice someone loitering outside your building or residence and it seems suspicious, report them to the SAPS immediately.
- Get insurance. If you’re living in an apartment or house, you should insure your property.
- Get armed response, contact CPS Security for a no obligation free quote on 057 388 3810.
In Your Car
- Don’t leave anything valuable in your car. Take everything with you, even if you’re just leaving your car for a few minutes. If you must leave something of value in your vehicle, lock it in the trunk (and make sure no one’s watching as you do so!).
- Keep your car organized and free of clutter. You may know that duffel bag just contains gym clothes, but a robber only sees an overstuffed bag sitting on your back seat. The messier your car is, the more tempting it looks.
- When ever possible, park in secure areas. If you must park on the street, pick highly trafficked areas.
- Find a buddy. Whenever possible, don’t walk alone. The larger the group, the less chance you’ll be targeted.
- When walking alone, skip using headphones or taking phone calls. Robbers often target people they notice are distracted or unaware of their surroundings.
- Don’t walk alone at night.
- Stay aware of your surroundings. Take note of where you are and who’s around. Look behind you. Trust your instincts–if your route seems unsafe, don’t take it.
- Avoid unlit or deserted areas. They make you uncomfortable for a reason. Even if that alley is your favorite shortcut in daylight, at night opt for the long way home where there are streetlights and other people.
- Invest in a U-bolt lock. Bicycles secured with chain or cable locks are easier targets.
- If possible, avoid securing your bicycle in isolated areas. The more people around, the less likely your bike will be stolen. If you plan to leave your bicycle overnight, make sure you pick a secure, well lighted, and highly visible location.
Contact CPS Security for a FREE no obligation risk assessment on 057 388 3810.