General Safety Tips

Safety Tips

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS

    • Do not attract unwarranted attention by openly displaying cash, expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables
    • Carry your wallet, credit cards, passport and other travel documents in your inside and front pockets
    • Avoid carrying large sums of money, particularly foreign currency
    • Avoid strange, dark, poorly illuminated or isolated places
    • Avoid travelling and exploring on your own
    • Plan your travel routes beforehand
    • Practise safe sex
    • Carry certified copies of your passport, ID and travel documents
    • Tag your luggage and belongings for easy identification and contract procedures

    MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY TIPS

    • Follow the applicable general tips above
    • As for anywhere in the world, remember that your personal safety in a vehicle is strongly dependent on YOU. Make sure:
      • All windows are fully closed
      • Doors are locked (be careful of remote jamming when doing this)
      • Gearlock is secured when parked
      • Alarm is switched on
      • Valuables are locked away – AT ALL TIMES, EVEN WHEN TRAVELLING!
    • Plan your route in advance
    • Ensure you have sufficient fuel and that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition
    • Fasten your seatbelt, lock your doors and keep your windows shut
    • Avoid displaying valuables openly in the vehicle to avoid smash-and-grab crime; Lock your valuables in the boot (trunk)
    • Be alert at traffic lights and stop streets
    • Leave enough space around the vehicle for a quick getaway
    • If you are softly bumped from behind and the individuals involved looks suspect, proceed to the nearest police station to report the incident – do not get out of the car.
    • NEVER pick up strangers
    • NEVER entertain the advances of street beggars and ‘ladies of the night’
    • It is illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving – use a hands-free kit
    • At night, park in well-illuminated areas; when returning to your vehicle, have your keys ready to unlock your car
    • If you are lost and concerned about the safety of the area you are in, phone 10111, 0829111 (24 Hours) or 112 on your mobile phone

    AT YOUR HOTEL / ACCOMMODATION

    • Do not leave your luggage and belongings unattended
    • Store valuables in the hotel’s safe deposit box at reception or in your room’s safe
    • Keep your hotel room and any sliding doors/windows locked at all times
    • Never open your room door unless you have identified the person who has knocked on your door; if in doubt contact reception for verification
    • It is advisable to hand in your room keys at reception when going out
    • Do not entertain the unwarranted advances of undesirable, strange or suspicious persons; report such persons to management
    • Use the main entrance of the hotel when you arrive late at night

    ON THE STREET

    • Follow the applicable general tips above
    • If possible, plan your route before going out
    • Where possible, explore the streets in groups and stick to well-illuminated, busy streets
    • Beware of your surroundings; be alert
    • Walk on or close to the kerb and face oncoming traffic
    • Avoid alleyways and dense shrubs/bushes
    • Use credit cards instead of cash where possible
    • Avoid ostentatious displays of wealth
    • If you require any information approach a policeman, traffic officer, security officer or shopkeeper
    • Avoid jogging or cycling alone and at night – plan your route beforehand
    • Vary your daily routine
    • Should you wish to use a taxi ask your hotel or the local tourism information centre to recommend a reliable service

    AUTOMATED BANKING (ATM)

    • Follow the general tips and other street tips above
    • Have your ATM card out and ready to use
    • If you are suspicious of anything or anyone – cancel your transaction and leave immediately
    • Avoid ATM machines which are isolated or poorly illuminated
    • Never allow strangers to assist you with your transaction
    • Keep your secret code to yourself and do not let anyone look over your shoulder whilst keying in your code
    • When your transaction is complete, secure your cash and move off immediately; you can count it later

    ON THE BEACH

    • Swim at the beaches manned by life guards and between swimming beacons
    • Avoid bringing valuables to the beach
    • The African sun can BURN – use a high sunscreen factor sun-protection cream
    • Do not take breakables (e.g. glass bottles) to the beach
    • Avoid mixing alcohol and soft drinks before swimming

    HOW TO REACT IN AN EMERGENCY

    • Do not panic
    • Think laterally
    • Talk your way out of the situation
    • Do not resist unless you know that such resistance will lead to your escape
    • If your instincts are to physically resist – do not hold back
    • If circumstances dictate that you must not resist, concentrate on noting the physical description and other notable features of your accoster
    • In a robbery or hijacking situation – do as you are told
    • Do not argue or challenge your accoster and do not look directly into his eyes
    • Keep your hands still and visible
    • If you need to undo a seatbelt – ask first
    • Remember you can replace your valuables and your vehicle, but not your life

    UMHLANGA EMERGENCY NUMBERS

    • SAPS Durban North 031-560-8004 or 031-560-8009 or 031-560-8101
    • Flying Squad 10111
    • Crime Stop 0800 111 213