- Check your electric fence regularly for damaged, broken or corroded wires, and damaged insulators.
- Prune trees and shrubs regularly to ensure that foliage does not touch the electric fence wires, and remove any dead insects or other debris from inside the insulators that could ground the wires.
- Ensure that the fence wires’ tension is correct. If the wires are earthing, the fence will short and cause false alarms.
- Remember that your need to replace the energiser battery regularly.
- Physically check that the electric fence zones correspond with the zone display.
- Test your electric fence regularly to make sure the alarm activates.
Thefts are either smash-and-grab related, or break-ins into stationary vehicles.
Generally, thieves target items such as:
- purses, handbags and wallets
- laptop bags and briefcases
- shopping bags
- gym bags
- cell phones and tablets
Advice on preventing smash-and-grabs:
Even though it is not always possible to avoid the hotspots where criminals prey on unsuspecting motorists, it is possible to reduce the risk of becoming a smash-and-grab victim.
- Don’t leave items on the seats, floor or anywhere in the vehicle where they can be seen.
- Lock all your doors and close the windows when driving.
- Avoid opening your windows or getting involved in discussions with street vendors or anyone handing out flyers.
- Constantly be on the lookout for suspicious-looking characters.
- Always be conscious of your surroundings and remain alert when coming to an intersection or stopping your vehicle.
- Be wary of people loitering at intersections.
Safety when parking:
- 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.
- Lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
- When arriving at a destination, refrain from openly placing valuables in the vehicle’s boot – criminals are often watching for easy targets.
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.
- 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.
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