SAFETY TIPS FROM BOTHASIG SAPS
As part of their Festive season awareness against crime campaign, Bothasig SAPS would like to share the following safety hints with the community, to ensure that their chances of becoming victims of crime over the holiday period, are minimized.
Stay safe these holidays and be sure to pass this information on to family members, friends and colleagues.
HIJACKING PREVENTION TIPS
- Always be alert when driving, look out for anything not familiar to you, i.e persons standing in close proximity to stop streets or crouching down next to stop streets.
- Look out for suspicious people / or vehicles close to the entrance to your premises.
- When entering your premises either via the electric garage gate or door, keep an eye open for someone entering behind you.
- If you become aware that you are being followed, drive to a police station or, if at all possible, call them. Bothasig Police Station can be contacted on 021 559 9419.
- Refrain from driving around in unsavoury areas, chatting to the locals or making withdrawals at ATM machines as it could make you a target for a hijacking.
- Be on the lookout for people or vehicles moving aimlessly in the area. Report any incidents of this as well as the vehicle particulars to the police immediately, even if you think you would be wasting their time.
- Have your vehicle registration no, make and model, and those of all family members as well as regular visitors handy. This information is very important as SAPS need to broadcast it as quickly as possible in the event of a hijacking.
- In the event of a robbery/hijacking try to remain as calm as possible and follow the perpetrators instructions to the letter to minimise your chances of your attacker doing harm to you.
- Give a short time until you are sure that you are safe and then immediately notify the police, providing them with a full description of the vehicles and occupants if possible.
- Start / Join a Neighbourhood Watch.
- Pass this information along to everyone living or working on the property.
Members from the community should identify possible scenarios for hijackings and practice what they should do in the unfortunate event it should happen. It is very important to convey their action plans to everyone who is in the vehicle, including children.
HOUSEBREAKING Crime Prevention Tips
As a run up to the December holidays we suggest that residents start with their safety inspection at their residences to see where they can improve on their current safety measures.
- Ensure that you have burglar bars installed as a first line of defence.
- Ensure that security gates are installed at the front and back doors, and used effectively.
- Do not go outside and leave the security gates open especially if you are out of view of the door. Rather lock the gate and unlock it when you re-enter.
- Do not let strangers enter your residence to make telephone calls. Take their details through the locked security gate and make the call on their behalf.
- When you see suspicious people or vehicles in your area, please phone the police. Even if it is a false alarm, the visibility of the vehicle might scare off other potential criminals. Bothasig SAPS can be contacted on 021 559 9419.
- Install security lights around your home, and most importantly check for blind spots.
- Ensure that the residence is not overgrown by plants, thus creating a good area for would-be criminals to hide when targeting the residence.
- Good locks and good neighbours who watch out for each other can be one of the best deterrents against burglars.
- Vary your daily routine where possible. If you go jogging or walking during the day, try to change the times and alter the route so that anyone who may be watching cannot pick up on your routine and use it to their advantage.
- Secure sliding doors so that they cannot be lifted off their tracks.
- Do not hide keys outside your premises; rather give them to someone trustworthy to keep.
- Ensure that garage doors are covered by the house alarm or locked with a dead bolt to prevent garage burglaries.
- Join your local neighbourhood watch and be the eyes and ears in your area. According to a study done and information obtained from career criminals, the best deterrent of all is a well-functioning neighbourhood watch. It maximizes the chances of being spotted and arrested.
The Station Commander, Lt Col Patrick Jacobs, is again urging residents to immediately report anything out of the ordinary to the police.
TIPS AGAINST BANK FOLLOWING
The time is drawing closer to when companies might close for the festive season and people start enjoying their well-earned rest and money. It has been found that there are still businesses that pay out large amounts of cash to workers instead of doing electronic fund transfers. This puts the company, as well as the workers, at risk as criminals also know when businesses close for the holidays and pay their workers.
The fact that large amounts of cash are drawn at banks make the carriers a target. Criminals stop by banks and try to ascertain who is drawing large amounts of cash, and picking their potential targets for robberies.
- Always be alert when drawing large amounts of cash, lookout for people not moving forward in line or leaving the line, falling in at the back again.
- Look out for suspicious people close to the entrance of the bank.
- When leaving the bank, check to see if you are being followed. If you believe you are being followed, alert security or deposit the money back into your account.
- When leaving the mall or building keep a lookout for people or vehicles appearing to be following you. Report abovementioned incidents and vehicle particulars to the police immediately, even if you think you may be wasting their time.
- If you are being followed, drive to a police station or call for assistance. Do not go to your home or work as these are the places where you will be most vulnerable of falling victim to a robbery.
- In the event of a robbery try to remain as calm as possible and follow the perpetrators instructions to the letter.
- Give a short time until you are sure that you are safe and then notify the police, immediately giving a full description of the vehicles and occupants, if possible.
- Be sure to share this information with anyone that draws or receives large amounts of cash.
BYTESIZE cybertales: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The end of the year is fast approaching and it is important to be more vigilant during this time, as we see an increase in crimes that are committed. This is equally applicable to cybercrime, which has justifiably been getting a lot of attention in the media.
It is evident that scamsters are targeting individuals more and more and trying to dupe them into providing the personal and private information required to commit financial crimes. Phishing, the fraudulent practice of sending e-mails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, is the most prevalent.
As an individual or organisation it is important to take note of the following:
Learn to identify suspected phishing e-mails.
These are some qualities that can help you identify an e-mail attack:
- It duplicates the image of a real company.
- It copies the name of a company or mentions an actual employee of that company.
- Its design is visually similar to a real business.
- It promotes gifts, or threatens the user with the loss of an existing account.
Check the source of information from an incoming mail.
Your bank will never ask you to send your passwords or personal information by e-mail. Never respond to these questions and, if you have the slightest doubt, call your bank directly for clarification.
Never go to your bank’s website by clicking on links included in e-mails.
Do not click on hyperlinks or links attached in the e-mail, as it might direct you to a fraudulent website.
Only enter your sensitive data in secure websites.
In order for a site to be “safe”, it must begin with “https://” and your browser should show an icon of a closed lock.
Periodically check your accounts.
It never hurts to check your bank accounts periodically for any irregularities in your online transactions.
Phishing doesn’t only pertain to online banking
Most phishing attacks are against banks, but scamsters can also use any popular website, such as eBay, Facebook, PayPal, etc., to steal personal data.
If you have the slightest doubt, do not risk it.
The best way to prevent phishing is to consistently reject any e-mail or request that asks you to provide confidential data.