Staying safe this Women’s Day

While Women’s Month is all about celebrating the wonderful women in the world, it’s also about ensuring their safety.
Women are generally viewed as softer targets by criminals.  ADT Security has issued safety tips and advice to empower ladies this month.
Martin Kriel, Managing Director of ADT Security’s East Coast Region says the key to safety is always to err on the side of caution.

Out and about
“When you go out, tell someone you trust where you are going and the time you expect to return. Save the telephone number of your security company and other emergency services – like the police and paramedics – to your mobile phone. Remember less is more when it comes to wearing flashy jewellery and carrying cash. Also, if you are taking a handbag carry it close to your body and not dangling by the straps.”
Distractions
Anyone can become distracted as they go about their daily activities.
“A distracted person is an easy target,” says Kriel. “It’s vital to remain alert at all times. Be aware of what is going and of the people around you as you head to your vehicle, especially at places such as shopping centres or petrol stations. If anything or anyone leaves you with an uneasy feeling, leave the area immediately or avoid the individual.”
Driving
“The first thing to do once you are inside your vehicle is to check that all of the doors are locked,” says Kriel.
He advises to never drive with a handbag or other valuables on a seat or anywhere it can be seen from outside of the vehicle.
“Try to keep your car a mobile-free zone; this will allow you to concentrate on the road and on what is happening around you.”
Public places
Always remain vigilant.
“If you are using an ATM use your hand to shield the keypad as you enter your PIN,” says Kriel. “Once you receive the cash place it directly into your purse and that into your handbag and close it; if you do not feel comfortable to complete the transaction, cancel it immediately and leave.”
Once you have left the ATM be alert to anyone who may have followed you. “If you have reason to believe this is the case, go directly to a busy, safe place and make contact with security or the police.”  Kriel advises that these safety precautions be shared with family and friends to develop good habits that can help to avoid dangerous situations.

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Northern Natal Courier

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