24/7 Security Services urges everybody to be cautious when using their phones in public:
- Do not leave your phone on the restaurant table while dining out – put it in your pocket or bag. Ensure that your bag is safe and not hanging on the back of the chair.
- When queueing at a shop or ATM, keep your phone out of sight. It has become a habit to text or update social media while waiting, but this puts you at risk.
- While refuelling at a filling station, do not sit in your car engaged on your phone with the window open.
- Do not text while sitting in traffic – you are a soft target for criminals moving between vehicles.
- Be alert when making calls in public places while walking on pavements or crossing the street.
- When using your phone to book transport, do not stand on a public pavement. Make the booking while indoors, and then also be aware of your surroundings.
You need to exercise – your phone does not!
We appeal to all athletes to please refrain from exercising with any valuables:
- Leave cell phones at home (measure a route in your car and then run it if you can), but please do not run or cycle with a phone – not only does this pose a danger to yourself, but also to other athletes.
- Do not run with iPods or any form of music in your ears. Not only does this make you a target (due to the value of the iPod), but you won’t hear traffic and thugs approaching you.
- Remove all jewellery before heading out on the road for an exercise session.
- Try not to exercise alone, irrespective of the time of day or the route that you follow – many incidents occur on busy roads in broad daylight.
- If you wear an expensive training watch, consider covering it with a buff to hide it from opportunistic criminals.
Cyber Security Tips
- Set the ‘Lock Code’ on your phone with a timer to lock the screen. While unlocking your phone after a short period of no use may seem painful initially, it does become second nature and is a great first line of defence.
- Manually log out of your internet banking and social media sites, and do not allow these sites to auto-store your passwords.