Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety

You deserve a safe and happy holiday. Unfortunately, the holiday period traditionally sees an increase in crime, and we urge everybody to double check their security measures to help ensure a stress-free holiday.

Electronic Systems
It is important that you test your electronic security systems (alarm, electric fence, beams, batteries and CCTV) on a regular basis with the 24/7 Command Centre. Panic button tests should be conducted on a monthly basis out of peak hours.

Perimeter Check
Walk the perimeter of your property and inspect all fences, gates and walls. Ensure that there are no weak spots where criminals can gain entry. Ensure that foliage is cut back and does not interfere with the electric fence. Overhanging branches can provide access for criminals.

Doors and Windows
Ensure that all doors and windows are securely closed and locked before you leave the property – this includes outbuildings and garages. Ensure that rusty locks are replaced and that burglar bars are secure.

Outdoor Lights
Criminals are wary of well-lit properties. Ensure that you have good outdoor lighting that switches on at night. Motion sensor lights are always a good investment.

Tell a Neighbour
Ask neighbours to keep an eye on your property and to report any suspicious activity. Neighbours can also assist with collecting mail, newspapers and removing empty bins and recycling bags.

Out and About

  • Know where your children are at all times and do not leave children unattended or without adult supervision. 
  • Avoid wearing expensive-looking jewellery when out and about, and please stay off your cell phone when in a public space – it makes you an easy target for criminals.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and suspicious people when visiting an ATM or conducting cash transactions.
  • When shopping or visiting a restaurant, keep your handbag close to you and your cell phone out of sight.
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, proceed to your nearest police station.  
Suspect Identification

Suspect Identification

Paying attention to details will help track down suspects. We understand that it is difficult to focus during a crisis – this handy Suspect Identification Guide shows you what to look out for.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults – here are some tips to help ensure your safety. The most important safety tip, as always, is to stay alert and use common sense!

Please keep cell phones out of sight and ensure that personal items such as keys are safely stowed away. 

Walk safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the right as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick-or-treat with an adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and to trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep costumes both creative and safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colours.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and fall.

Drive extra safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighbourhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5 pm to 9 pm so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

>>  Please adhere to COVID-19 guidelines by wearing masks, maintaining social distance and sanitising. <<

24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

Child Safety Tips

Child Safety Tips

Child safety is always a priority!

  • Always keep a close eye on your children. Don’t let them wander off on their own or be without the supervision of a responsible adult.
  • Never leave children in the care of an adult you don’t trust.
  • Don’t leave children under the supervision of other children.
  • Never leave children alone in a car.
  • When travelling by car make sure that babies or young children are buckled up or in a car seat, and drive responsibly.
  • Learn first aid or at least learn CPR. It could save a life.
  • Child-proof your home or the place you are staying by making sure that all dangerous substances and items are out of reach. Make sure that all electrical wiring is safe and swimming pools are sealed off with an SABS-approved safety fence or safety net, preferably both. Keep all alcohol out of the reach of children.
  • Talk to your children before a family outing. Make a rule that you must always be able to see them, and they must always be able to see you. It may sound simple, but keep reminding them periodically, especially if you think they’re getting restless. Use the “two giant steps” rule – your children should never be more than two giant steps away from you. It’s a fun and uncomplicated way for young children to remember not to wander away.
  • Teach your children that if they ever become separated from you, they should look for a “safe stranger” for help. Some examples include a mom with kids or a cash register person. With older children, agree on a “meeting place” ahead of time, in case you become separated. Make sure that your children know your cell phone number.
  • Teach your children never to leave the mall or store to go looking for you, no matter what anyone tells them. Remind your child that you would never leave until you are reunited.
  • Establish the “check first” rule with older children. They must always check first with you before going anywhere in a public place, including another store, play area, or even the restroom.
  • Don’t treat public facilities as a “convenient babysitter.” Do not leave your children alone at movie theatres, play areas, or other public places. Predators are known to look for unsupervised kids.
  • Always bring young children into the restroom with you. Look for well-lit restrooms in high traffic areas, whenever possible.
  • If older children go to the mall, teach them to always stay in groups. If a stranger tries to get them to leave, they must scream and make the people around them aware of what is happening.

24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

Emergency Numbers  

JHB011 444 2237
KZN0861 247 732
PTA012 451 8600

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