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HONEYDEW SAPS Crime Brief 17th May 2016

HONEYDEW SAPS CRIME OVERVIEW MAY 2016

CLICK HERE FOR THE OVERVIEW OF CRIME IN HONEYDEW FOR JANUARY 2016

 

SAFACT (South African Federation Against Copyright Theft)

SAFACT's primary role is to protect the intellectual property rights of its members in the Southern African film, home entertainment and interactive games industries.
SAFACT's mission is to create an anti-counterfeiting climate in which the purchase, sale or possession of counterfeit goods is actively discouraged and intellectual property rights are respected.

SAFACT encourages members of the public TO SAY NO TO PIRACY and to please report any information to Crime Line via sms 32211or to SAFACT 011 403 1105 and online info@SAFACT .co.za.

Read more on the website. www.safact.co.za

 

Cops can't do it alone, so make a call.

Our communities have a vital role to play in policing - we all need to get involved.

by YUSUF ABRAMJEE
Yusuf Abramjee is the head of Crime Line and a LeadSA activist.

CRIME continues to dominate the headlines. Not a day goes by without some tragedy playing out in the country due to the apparent increase in crime.

The senseless murder of 4-year-old Taegrin Morris in Reiger Park and the hijacking of a father and his 5 year-old son near Bronkhorstspruit are the latest incidents to shock the nation. Now 5 year-old Luke Tibbetts is fighting for his life after being caught up in crossfire between gangs in Westbury. Emotions are understandably running high. There is anger.

"Why are these ruthless criminals targeting our children?" we might ask. The answer is: Crime does not discriminate. Criminals have no respect for age,  gender or colour. They have no respect for the rich, middle class or poor. They have no respect for our lives and property.  They won't let anything or anyone stand in the way of taking what is not theirs.

All we can do is work together to fight this scourge. We need to channel this outrage into something positive. It is our duty to blow the whistle on criminals by using tip-off services such as Crime Line or Crime Stop.

We cannot sit on the sidelines and allow criminals to hold communities to ransom. We have to become active citizens and take a decisive stand against crime.

Community policing is vital. Both the police and communities must take the lead here and work closely together.  If not, criminals will continue smiling all the way to the bank.

It's no secret that we have some rotten cops. The fact that so many continue to be arrested for crimes, including corruption, shows that these men and women in uniform have no respect for our laws. They need to be charged, convicted and punished, but let's not forget the many police officers who are hard-working, dedicated and committed. They risk their lives daily to protect us and these law enforcers need our support.

We know confidence in the SAPS is rather low. This does not mean we don't have to work with them or support them to get criminals behind bars. This is why it is vital to hold the police accountable and work with them to strengthen their role in our communities. We must continue to ensure they serve citizens professionally.  lf they fail to do so we must be free to criticise them and name and shame the culprits.

Some say the jury is still out about national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. She has been trying, albeit behind closed doors, to sort out the mess. It's no easy task.

Another way to improve public confidence in the SAPS is to ensure the police leadership is on the ground constantly. They need to be seen and heard. They must lead this war on crime from the front.

Civil society and business must continue to support initiatives and efforts to create a safer South Africa. Business Against Crime South Africa, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, Operation Khanyisa, Tracker and the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft are good examples of effective partnerships with 1aw enforcement. They need to be supported and strengthened.

Crime Line is another partnership.  It was launched seven years ago and has seen thousands of criminals being arrested and millions of rand in counterfeit and stolen goods recovered.  The results speak for themselves. Thanks to ordinary members of the public, the police continue to record these successes.  

In October Crime Line South Africa will be hosting the 2014 Crime Stoppers International Conference in Cape Town. It is aimed at educating and informing civilians, NGOs  and law enforcement officials. It's time!  The conference is traditionaIIy a training conference.  It brings the international community together to learn from each other, which is important because crime has no borders. We must make it our moral and civic duty to blow the whistle on crime. We cannot sit back and allow criminals to terrorise our communities. For how long are we going to live in fear?

Mosques in the Joburg area were recently targeted by criminals. Here again, it shows these gangs have absolutely no respect for our sacred places. When worshippers go to pray, they need to do so feeling safe, feeling protected and having peace of mind.

The police cannot be visible everywhere. That's why it is up to us to be vigilant, to be the ears and ears for authorities.

Community police forums are effective but not effective enough. They also become targets for power struggles and corruption. These forums need to be beefed up and the police need to give them more support. The question is, what can ordinary citizens do to fight crime?

There are a number of communities that are using technology to create networks in  their communities.

Join your local community forum or residents' association and ensure you keep updated on crime alerts in your area.

Empower and support your  domestic worker through your local domestic forum.  Record your Sector Police numbers on your phone,  including other emergency numbers. Vigilance is key.  Information is power.  Know who your neighbours are.
A support network in a community goes a  long way  in ensuring that suspect vehicles and  individuals are spotted and  removed.  Neighbourhood watch initiatives are just as effective.

If you are driving home late at night, rnaintain contact with a family member  and be aware of what is going on around you at all times.  If your children are in the car, ensure they do not distract you and  teach them to also keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.

In the spirit of LeadSA, stand up, do the right thing and make a difference. Someone, somewhere,  somehow, knows something about crime.  SMS Crime Line on 32211 or call 0860010111.

I challenge you to partner with us.  It is  in our hands to make a difference and create a society  free of the terror of crime.

 


Download a pamphlet on the Safety of Children
from Honeydew CPF Office

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Crime Intelligence Office

(011) 801 8445
(011) 801 8444

These numbers are available during office hours 7:30 to 16:00 Monday to Friday
In the evenings there is a member on standby for serious crime scene visits

Unit Commander Acting Commander Sgt du Plessis

Please contact us if you have any information concerning crime or a crime that is going to be committed or any criminal activity or suspicious motor vehicles, so we can work on the Intelligence aspect.

We also do background checks on people for instance should you want to hire someone be it a gardener or domestic worker, send through the ID number and we will check and confirm with you.

Any info can be emailed to Carmel at the CPF Office SAPS Honeydew.


REPORT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION:

Residents are asked to report all fraud and corruption to

The Public Service Commission’s National Anti-Corruption Hotline: 0800 701 701

or to Crime Stop: 08600 10111


The latest SAPS Crime Statistics have been published.

Click here for Gauteng statistics

Click here for Honeydew statistics



If you have any information for the police, SMS 32211.

Please be specific! For example, if you have names, addresses, descriptions, etc. please provide them.

SMSs are charged at R1.00 each.

We promise not to pass on any of your details to the authorities.

www.crimeline.co.za


Know your Neighbour

Click here to download a form to fill in the contact details of your neighbours
should you need to contact them in an emergency.

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Phone SAPS CRIME STOP 08000 10111

Crime Aware website launches in South Africa

CrimeAware


Years ago, before high walls and security gates, we used to talk to our neighbours and share all kinds of information. But nowadays we probably wouldn't be aware if a neighbour was even hijacked or robbed in their home unless we read it in the news. Crime Aware hopes to change this.

Inspired by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who instated a computer based crime mapping system called CompStat in the 1990's. Every crime that occurred in the city was reported on the system no matter how minor. The NYPD could then begin to see crimes patterns and begin to predict where criminals could strike next, allowing them to be prepared and counteract the crime effectively. The result was that over time crime in New York was cleaned up.

The broken windows theory states - "If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge."

Mayor Giuliani adopted the Broken Windows Theory and implemented a community-policing strategy focused on order maintenance… graffiti washed nightly from subway cars, subway turnstile-jumpers arrested, trash picked up. Minor, seemingly insignificant quality-of-life crimes were found to be the tipping point for violent crime. When New York "windows" were repaired, crime dropped.

In South Africa we often do not report minor crimes as they seem so trivial in the light of the serious crimes. But criminals graduate from minor crimes to major crimes, a thief becomes a murderer and not the other way around.

If we all take the time to report the crime incidents that happen to us or around us, and inform our neighbours, we can get an idea of the type of crime activity happening in our area. If someone tried to steal your car, or even vandalised your garden gnome, - report it as it may also happen to your neighbour - and the more we all know - the better prepared we can be to combat crime and prevent incidents happening to us, our families and friends.

We invite you to sign up and report ANY incident that happened to you or that you witnessed, recent or in the past. The more information we share - the better.

Sign up today - start something and report even just ONE crime incident.

http://www.crimeaware.co.za/

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Important SAPS numbers

SAPS EMERGENCY NUMBER 10111

  • 10111 is the number that you can use in case of a police emergency.  
  • Never make a prank call to the emergency number 10111, as it will engage the line.  
  • A prank call to the emergency number 10111 might block a call of someone who is really in need of police assistance.  
  • For general enquiries, phone your nearest police station.  
  • Always have the number of your local police station available, or learn it by heart.  
  • All police stations' numbers are available on the SAPS website at www.saps.gov.za

SAPS CRIME STOP 08600 10111

  • If you know of criminal activities that are taking place, phone SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111.  
  • The Crime Stop centre operates seven days a week, 24-hours a day. Phone 08600 10111 to report criminals and their criminal activities. As soon as information of this kind is received, it is channelled to investigating officers at the Detective Service.  
  • You do not have to give your name when you are reporting a crime through SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111.

 

Reporting a crime to the SAPS for investigation

  • When a person has been a victim of crime, he/she can visit the nearest police station to report the crime.  
  • A police official at the Community Service Centre will assist the complainant.  
  • A police official may attend the crime scene. If an official attends the scene, he/she will obtain a statement from the complainant and witnesses, if possible.  
  • The complainant will first be interviewed by the police official before a statement is taken.  
  • The police official will then register the reported crime on the Crime Administration System (CAS).  
  • The complainant will then be given a CAS number, which must be used for all enquiries regarding the reported criminal case.  
  • The completed case docket is then allocated to a police detective, who will carry out the investigation. All enquiries can then be directed to this detective.  
  • The detective in charge of the case will complete the investigation and present the docket to the relevant court for prosecution.  
  • The complainant will be notified by the detective when he/she has to attend the court hearing.  
  • If you are a victim of crime, you are entitled to know who the investigating official is in your case and to receive continuous feedback on your case.  
  • Another medium of reporting criminal activity is via the SAPS website which guarantees anonymity unless otherwise indicated by the informant. For more information, go to the SAPS feedback form

Report criminals and their activities anonymously to Crime Stop. This is a good deal to every law-abiding citizen who fears reprisal from criminals.
 

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Missing children/persons

There is NO waiting period before reporting a person as missing; time is of the essence so it should be done immediately. The sooner you report a missing person to the police, the sooner they can assist you in searching for him/her. 

  • Go to the nearest police station to report a missing person.  
  • When reporting a missing person, you need a clear, recent photograph and all basic information on the missing person, as well as the exact circumstances of his/her disappearance in order to enable the police to assist you.  
  • To assist the police when reporting a missing person, know the schedules and movements of loved ones and family members; know your children's friends. Make a point of remembering the clothing they wear. This information is absolutely necessary for investigations.  
  • When a missing person is found or returns home voluntarily, you should return to the SAPS as soon as possible and report it to them. This is important in order for them to cancel the information on police records.  
  • The number to call with any information on a missing person's whereabouts is SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111.

After you have taken IMMEDIATE ACTION by reporting a missing child to your local police station, there are always FOLLOW-UP actions you can take:

  • Check or visit several local spots that the missing child frequently visited.  
  • Have posters or fliers with a picture of the missing child made and place them in store windows or notice boards in the community.  
  • Check again with your child's friends, school, neighbours, etc. Don't exclude old boyfriends, friends made at school camps, friends from out of town, friends made on the computer, etc.  
  • Search for clues in your child's bedroom, computer files, diary, etc.  
  • Ask the police to request the Bureau for Missing Persons to publicize the case in the print and electronic media.

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Phone SAPS CRIME STOP 08000 10111

Protect your goods and possessions:

At the ATM

If possible, use ATMs you are familiar with or choose well-lit, well-situated ATMs.

Scan the area before you approach the ATM and avoid using an ATM if there are suspicious-looking people around, or if it is isolated or looks unsafe in any way.  

Avoid opening your purse, bag or wallet while in the ATM queue. Have your card in you hand or pocket before you approach the ATM.  

If the ATM appears to have attachments to the card slot keypad, use another ATM and inform the bank.  

Avoid ATMs with messages or signs fixed to them indicating that the screen directions have been changed - especially if the message is posted over the card reader.  

Do not accept help from strangers and never give your PIN to anyone (even people claiming to be bank employees or security guards. Criminals work in teams - one to distract you, while the other steals your card and money.  

Be on the lookout for “shoulder surfing” - people standing close behind you to watch you enter your PIN.  

Stand close to the ATM and shield the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN. Try using the knuckle of your middle finger to key in the PIN.  

Do not key in your PIN until the ATM prompts you to do so.  

If your feel the ATM is not working as it should, press cancel, withdraw your card and go to another ATM. Report the matter to the bank.  

Finally, do not forget to take your receipt or transaction records with you to protect information of your account.

After the Transaction

  • Ensure that your own card is returned after the transaction.
  • Wherever possible, keep your cash withdrawals to a minimum. Some banks give you an option to set your daily limit. This saves you in rare instances where someone gets hold of your card and your pin.
  • Do not count your cash in front of the ATM.
  • Be watchful of people following you after you have withdrawn your money (on foot or vehicle).
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, get yourself to the nearest public place as quickly as possible.

When Receiving Cheques

Many bank customers still fall prey to cheque and deposit fraud. Galia Durbach, the chief executive of First National Bank’s Core Banking Solutions, says criminals frequently try to defraud people who are selling goods by arranging to pay with a cheque or a direct deposit.

Bear in mind that fraudsters frequently prey on individuals who sell goods through advertising. Here are some of these tips.

  • Never release goods until you are certain that the payment is received.
  • Always wait for the function to be cleared before releasing goods.
  • Never accept a faxed bankslip as proof of payment.
  • If it is a cash deposit, have bank verify that it is indeed a deposit and not a cheque deposit.

Prevent identity theft

Be wary if you lose your identification book (ID). The person who picks it up or steals it could try to impersonate you and steal your good name. He or she could even steal goods and services by applying for credit in your name. Some people have found out that they have been married to illegal immigrants.

If you lose your identity document, drivers licence or passport, you must immediately go to your nearest police station and report the theft and get a case number.

The best way of dealing with Identity theft is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Protect yourself by protecting your identity document, drivers licence and personal information.

The following tips may help you keep your peace of mind.

  • Always keep your ID (identity book), passport and drivers licence safe.
  • Before you disclose any personal information find out how it will be used. Find out if the information will be kept confidential.
  • When you are requested to fill in personal details on documents, ensure that the company you are dealing with is legitimate. Verify if the representative posing on behalf of the company does indeed work at the company in question.
  • Keep a record of your accounts and follow up if they do not arrive on time.
  • Guard your mail from theft. Remove post from your letter box after it has been delivered. If you are going to be away from home, ask a neighbour to collect your post for you.
  • If you move to a new place of residence, change your address on your accounts without delay.
  • Do not use predictable passwords such as your date of birth or telephone number on your accounts.
  • Carry only the amount of information that you will actually need in your handbag.
  • Do not give out personal information on the phone, through the post or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know whom you are dealing with.
  • Keep items with personal information in a safe place. Tear or shred documents such as credit applications, bank statements and receipts.
  • If you have service work done at your home or employ outside help, do not leave personal information lying around.
  • If you live with housemates ensure that your personal information is kept safely.
  • Give your ID only when absolutely necessary. Ask to use other types of identification when possible.
  • Request a copy of your credit report from each of the major credit reporting agencies every year. Make sure it is accurate and includes only those transactions you have authorised.

As the theft and events thereafter may have a negative impact on your good name, you need to protect it. You can do this by contacting the SA Fraud Prevention Service on their hotline 0860 10 1248 or website www.safps.org.za and ask them to register your case. You will then be given a protective registration number to quote when applying for credit in future. You could also consult a representative at any branch of the country's major banks.

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Say no to stolen goods

Purchasing goods obtained in this illegal manner motivates criminals to repeat their actions.

Taking good care of our valuables also plays a role in bringing down theft.

  • Do not buy stolen goods
  • Say no to stolen goods.
  • Never leave your cell phone unattended in a public place.  
  • Always conceal your cell phone when walking in the street.  
  • Never leave your door keys hanging in the door. It is easy to make duplicate keys for later easy access to one's premises.  
  • If you buy luxury goods, cut up the boxes and dispose of these in tied black bags- a branded box is a telltale sign of what thieves could find in your house.  
  • Do not buy trendy items flashed in the streets. Honest trade does not operate in that way.  
  • Never buy expensive brands of perfume, clothing or any luxury goods at bargain prices from dealers with dubious credentials.  
  • Never leave your car keys in the ignition, even if it is for only a few seconds.  
  • Never leave valuable items on the car seat. Rather, keep them in the boot of your car.  
  • Be on the alert when wearing expensive jewellery or carrying expensive equipment.  
  • Never keep your wallet in the back pocket of your trousers or leave your handbag unattended.  
  • Always mark your property and keep records of serial numbers where possible.

Let us close the market for stolen goods. It is a crime and punishable by law - so too is receiving stolen goods. Reject any goods you suspect could have been stolen and report to the police on Crime Stop 08600 10111. Let us all break the chain of crime and invest in a safer South Africa.

Reject and Report stolen goods.
They stole it; if you buy it... more victims will suffer.


Prevention hints on cellular phone robberies
  • Conceal your cell phone when you are in a public place  
  • Do not leave cell phones in the open in cars.  
  • Never leave your cell phone in your office unattended.  
  • Know your EMIC and keep it in a safe place.  
  • Put your phone on silence when you are in a public place and only answer it when it is safe to do so.  
  • If your cell phone is lost or stolen, report it the Mobile Cellular Operator(MCO) who will give you a blacklisting reference number.  
  • After that you must report the phone to a police official at a police station where you will also be expected to produce the reference number that you got from the MCO.  
  • Once a cell phone is blacklisted, a person who gets hold of it will not be able to use it.
Blacklist your stolen cellphone
  • Inform your network provider of your loss:
    • Cell C: 140 from Cell C numbers or 084-140 from other cellphone networks.
    • MTN: 173 (pre-paid) or 808 (contract) from MTN numbers or 083-1-173 from a landline or other cellphone networks.
    • Vodacom: 111 from a Vodacom number or 082-111 from a landline.
       
  • You will then receive a reference number to prove that your cellphone has been blacklisted.
     
  • Report the loss of your cellphone also to your nearest police station by providing the reference number of your black-listed cellphone. The police will then register a case.
     
  • A national police coordinator will receive monthly reports of the number of cellphones that have been robbed and stolen all over the country. He/she will then compile a national database of cellphones that had been black-listed in that month.

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Prevent Housebreaking and theft
  • Contact your nearest police station immediately.  
  • Wait until fingerprints and statements are taken before touching anything  
  • A list of the make, model, and serial numbers of electrical appliances and other valuable equipment should be available for investigation purposes. 
  • Lookout for strange footprints in the garden and point it out to the police

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Phone SAPS CRIME STOP 08000 10111

Safety in your Car

Preventing Hijacking

DO'S

  • Always travel with the doors locked.  
  • Keep all windows closed or, at most not open more than would allow a hand to fit through.  
  • Leave enough room between your car and the one in front to avoid being boxed in. Make sure you can see where the tyres of the other car make contact with the road.  
  • Remain in your car if it is hit from behind by another vehicle. Inspect any damage only once you are sure it is not a hijack attempt.  
  • Attract the attention of other motorists or pedestrians if you think you are in danger. You can use the hooter, flash your lights, put your emergency lights on and shout.  
  • Be aware of anybody who approaches your car or is loitering near traffic lights, stop streets, parking areas or your driveway.  
  • Constantly monitor what vehicles are travelling behind, ahead and next to you. More than one vehicle could be involved and they could be setting a trap to stop you. If you are suspicious of vehicles around you take (responsible) action to get out of the situation.  
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, you should ideally drive to the nearest police station. If this is not possible, drive to another safe place but don't go home
  • If approached by a suspicious -looking person, especially at night or in lonely areas, drive off quickly from a stop street or intersection, always heeding traffic danger, Skipping a stop sign or red light remains an offence and the onus is on you to prove that your action was in self-defence,  
  • At unusual or unexpected roadblocks, keep windows closed and doors locked and ask for the police or traffic officer's identity card. Show your identity document to them through the window. Trust works both ways, The same goes for being stopped by traffic officers at speed traps.  
  • On long journeys only stop overnight at safe places. Parking next to the road or in a parking area overnight is not safe.  
  • Report any suspicious looking strangers and vehicles to the police. Give a description of the occupants and their vehicle.
DONT'S
  • Don't stop at the scene of an accident unless you are convinced it is genuine. Accidents can be set up in the hope that you will stop to assist. Sometimes a "body" is placed next to the road. Rather drive on and report the incident at the nearest police station. Slowing down too much may also make you vulnerable.  
  • Don't enter your garage or a parking area if you believe you are being followed. Drive to the nearest police station.  
  • Don't stop if, for example, a passer-by indicates that your car has a flat tyre or other defect. Drive to the nearest service station or safe area and check it there. It is a good idea to carry in your car a product that temporarily seals any puncture and inflates the tyre.  
  • Don't tell strangers of your movements and or plans.  
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers or unknown passengers.  
  • Don't leave your car door open and the engine running while opening your garage door or gates - criminals can act quicker than you'd expect.  
  • Don't be distracted by people handing out flyers at intersections or buy items, such as flowers and newspapers, from unfamiliar vendors.
     

During a hijacking:

  • Here are some tips on getting through the ordeal alive:  
  • Your life and those with you must be your priority. Resisting the hijackers may cause then to become violent or even deadly. Remember: possessions can be replaced, a life cannot.  
  • The hijackers are probably just as scared and nervous as you are. They may event be under the influence of drugs or alcohol which may make their actions event more unpredictable.  
  • Try not to panic and do anything the hijackers may not be expecting. Do not scream or make sudden movements, such as motioning with your hands.  
  • Avoid eye contact with them,  
  • Keep your hands where the hijackers can see them, ideally at chest level. This will assure them that you are not reaching for a weapon. Do not raise your hands above your head as they may think you are attracting attention of other people.  
  • If they order you out of the car wait fro them to open the door or, if they order you to, do it slowly with one hand, keeping the other where they can see it, Also undo your seatbelt with one hand, preferably the hand furthest from the clip by extending your arm over your body (if it is on your left, use ;your right hand).  
  • Slowly move away from the car so that you cannot be perceived as a threat to them.  
  • Listen carefully to and make sure you understand what the hijackers are saying and follow their orders.  
  • Quietly but clearly assure the hijackers that they can take the car.  
  • Do not reach for or motion towards items they may demand such as wallets, briefcases and cell phones. Rather tell them where they are and wait for them to get them themselves or they may tell you to hand them over.  
  • Be honest with hijackers. For example, if you have a firearm on you and they ask, tell them you have. Finding out or suspecting you have lied to them may unsettle them and lead to them becoming violent. Tell them honestly how to deactivate any alarms or immobilisers or do it yourself as ordered.  
  • Try and concentrate on the possibility of later identifying the hijackers. Make mental notes of how many there are, what they are wearing, their ages, and any facial or other physical characteristics. However, do not stare at the hijackers; try not to be obvious. To them this means that you will later be able to identify them and be evidence against them and they could become violent or be less hesitant to leave soon.  
  • Hijackers may not notice a sleeping baby in the back seat. If this is the case, tell them and point out that the child is not a threat and will make things more difficult for them. Never move to release the child without them saying you may. Do the same if a pet is in the car but do not push the point to where your life may be threatened at the expense of an animal.  
  • If ordered to lie down, do so and remain there with your head down. Do not watch them. Stay still until you are sure they have left and only then go for help.  
  • The hijackers may drive off with you or you may even be ordered to drive. If you are driving, do so responsibly and do not do anything out of the ordinary. Always remain quiet unless you need to reply to a question or clarify an order. Remember to be honest with them.  

Once you have been released make sure that you are out of harm's reach before moving to get help. 

Surviving a hijacking:

  • Regardless of the sort of crime and the criminals intentions, the situation is an explosive one in which you both have one thing in mind: survival.  
  • Hijacking involves planning and the criminals are likely to have more experience in such situations, thus more control over you and themselves.  
  • A hijacking is usually over in a matter of seconds or minutes but it is one of the most frightening experiences one can go through. Try your utmost to stay calm. Listen to the hijackers and do as they tell you and you have a greater chance of surviving.

After a hijacking:

Get help as soon as the hijackers have left you and immediately report it to the police. The Police have a greater chance of catching the criminals while they are on the move in your car.

You experience severe trauma by a hijacking, trauma that can manifest itself in many different ways soon or long after the incident. You need to get professional counselling to help you process what happened and cope with it emotionally. Seek help within hours of the hijacking. Do not fool yourself into thinking you'll "get over it".

Remember that you are not to blame for anything that happened. Criminals look for new opportunities and situations that make their potential victims vulnerable, and develop new techniques to get our vehicles.

Prevent smash and grab incidents

Some pleasant rides have been turned into nightmares by people who pounce on unsuspecting drivers. They smash the window or open the unlocked door and grab whatever they regard as of value.

Whether your vehicle is moving or stationary, bear the following in mind:

    • Don't leave your cell phone or other valuables where they are visible in the car. This will attract thieves who may break your car window.  
    • Lock all your doors and close all the windows. Thieves steal handbags and other valuables by opening car doors or even breaking windows while the car is stationary at traffic lights or stuck in slow moving traffic.  
    • Do not have bags, briefcases visible in the vehicle. Lock all valuables in the boot of your car or behind the seat if it is a bakkie.  
    • Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking characters. Do not hesitate to report them to the police.  
    • When approaching the red traffic light at night, slow down so that you can only reach it when it turns green.  
    • Be wary of people standing at traffic lights or intersections. They may be innocent but perpetrators mix with these people while waiting for an opportunity to pounce.  
    • Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger.  
    • If you encounter obstacles in the road eg. rocks, tyres etc. do not get out of your vehicle to remove them. Rather reverse and drive in the opposite direction.  
    • Thieves target car parks. Always park your car in attended parking lots.  
    • When parking at night ensure that you always park in a well-lit area.  
    • Never sit in your vehicle without being conscious of your surroundings.  
    • Sleeping in a stationary vehicle is particularly dangerous.  
    • Always remove radios, CD or cassette players if possible.  
    • Never leave children alone in a vehicle, not even for a moment. Let them accompany you.
    • Exercise safety while going about your activities

    Read the Hijacking Awareness Guide for more anti-hijacking tips

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How to avoid rape situations

    • Avoid walking alone as much as possible. Your best defence is having other people nearby.  
    • If you walk alone, plan your route carefully. Notice stores or restaurants that are open should you need to ask for help.  
    • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.  
    • Walk on the side of the street facing traffic.  
    • If you work late, don't go to your car alone if you can avoid it. Ask somebody to escort you to your car.  
    • Have your keys ready when you approach your car, home and enter immediately.  
    • Never pick up hitchhikers of either sex.  
    • Do not leave food or drinks unattended in public places.  
    • Do not accept drinks or food from strangers. They could be spiked - say No.  
    • Do not leave a party or a social event with someone you do not know or just met. Say No.  
    • Do not hitchhike.  
    • When you get home and find that a door or a window has been forced open while you were absent, do not enter. Call the police.  
    • Never allow people that you do not know into your house.  
    • Remember: most victims know the rapists.

You have the right to say No.

In case of a rape and after rape

Try not to panic. Common sense is your best defence.
You can't always defend yourself and your resistance may cause serious injury.
If the attacker is dangerous, co-operate and try to negotiate. Submission is not consent.
Try to remember what the attacker looks like age, race, height, hair colour, scars, tattoos, clothes, voice, jewellery.
Scream, yell, blow your whistle or run away if you possibly can.
Don't bath or change your clothes after an attack keep all the evidence so that it can be used by the police for further investigation.
Report the crime to the Police Service straight away: go the police station or phone 10111.

After a rape

Every victim of rape responds differently - but it is likely that you will benefit from help.

You may feel

    • dirty and want to wash repeatedly;
    • scared and afraid to go out;
    • that it is your fault and that you are guilty;
    • that you can't sleep, have nightmares, can't eat, can't stop crying; or
    • that you want to forget it as quickly as possible and get on with your life.

None of these responses are unusual or unnatural - remember that there is always someone to help you like:

    • Victim Support programmes
    • Psychologists
    • Counsellors
    • Health care workers,eg.nurses and doctors
    • Social Workers
    • Employers
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Church members

Ask the police official dealing with your case to recommend someone to help you.


Safety while shopping

    • Avoid carrying a large amount of money.  
    • Never leave valuable possessions in the trolley.  
    • Don't allow your children to go to a public toilet on their own.  
    • Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket not a back pocket.  
    • Carry your bag around your neck and diagonally across your body. Do not carry it hanging over one shoulder. You may as well clutch your bag and hold it to the front.  
    • Be alert when the cashier is scanning your items as the customer before you could put some of your items in his/her shopping bag.  
    • If you are paying in cash, make sure that you do not take out more than necessary.  
    • Teach your children that one does not eat food in the shop before it is paid for.  
    • Hold your smaller children by hand as they may go missing in busy shopping malls.  
    • Put your shopping bags in the boot of your car if you would still go and do some more shopping.

Firearm safety

Violence against women and children is one of the biggest challenges that South Africa faces. Many children injure or fatally wound others or themselves with firearms that are left unattended by an irresponsible firearm owner. Government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) are doing everything in their power to oppose violence against women and children.

What can I do when I am, or someone else is, exposed to violence at home?

You can obtain a protection order against any form of violence from your nearest Magistrate's Court after you have made a statement at your nearest police station.

Please do not be scared to report any acts of violence or abuse that take place in your home to the SAPS.

The SAPS will come to your home if you inform them that you are being treated in a violent or abusive manner.

When the SAPS members arrive at your home, tell them if there is a firearm in the house. The SAPS will search the premises and seize any firearm that is found.

If the abuser has a firearm, the SAPS will establish whether he/she has a firearm licence. If he/she does not have a licence, the police will charge him/her with the illegal possession of a firearm.

Always keep the following in mind:

    • Children must always be reminded that a firearm is not a toy. They must never try to take a firearm out of a firearm safe even if, by chance, they get hold of the keys to the safe.
    • An air gun is still a dangerous weapon. Although the government has removed restrictions from air guns, the abuse of an air gun is regarded as an offence.
    • There should always be an adult present whenever a minor uses an air gun.

Help eliminate gun violence to make South Africa a safe place where our dreams for a prosperous future will become a reality.

Protect yourself !
Report illegal firearms or the abuse of firearms immediately to the SAPS.

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