Living in our vibrant country is often such a pleasure but it also has its down side. We only need to listen to the news to be reminded that our national crime rate is very high. With that in mind, it’s worth taking some precautions, without going into complete paranoia of course.

Be sensible
Even though it’s really obvious, it’s always worth repeating. If at all possible, avoid walking alone at night – yes, through dangerous areas, but anywhere really; and for goodness sake, don’t accept lifts from strangers. Why take chances?

Stay in touch
If you absolutely can’t avoid taking the chance, make sure someone knows where you are, what route you are taking and what time you expect to reach your destination. Then message them as soon as you arrive. That way if something does go wrong, as least they’ll know where to start looking.

Be discreet
You new phone may be your latest fashion accessory, but it’s really not worth flashing it, wads of cash or anything else around for the world to see. If you need to draw cash from an ATM, do it the withdrawal at at ATM where there are plenty of other people around and make sure no-one is standing close enough to see you enter your PIN.

Stay aware
It’s easy to get caught up in our thoughts, completely oblivious to what’s going on around us. Practice paying attention to your surroundings and if anything or anyone makes you feel uneasy, don’t question that feeling, rather take immediate avoiding action. Change direction if necessary and head straight towards other people or a person of authority like a policeman or traffic officer.

Know who to call
Have emergency numbers programmed into your cell so you don’t need to remember them. Dialling 10111 from a landline or 112 from your cell will get you through to a general emergency call centre and from there you will be directed to the appropriate emergency services.

None of this is rocket science and yet so often we ignore the basics. These simple safety precautions will go a long way towards keeping you and your belongings safe, so you can take full advantage of living in our beautiful country.
Stay Safe

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