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Think safety while shopping tonight

Thursday, September 06, 2012    

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WHILE shoppers will be concentrating on taking advantage of bargains and enjoying the festivities, more dubious characters will be focusing on using the opportunity to fleece unsuspecting victims, or helping themselves to shoppers' belongings.

The police say they will be making adequate deployments to deal with the increased number of people expected in the main business districts of the country. However, it is still imperative that shoppers remain alert and pay attention to their personal safety. Here are some tips:

* Avoid travelling with large amounts of cash. If you must travel with cash, be sure to make it inconspicuous.

* Think twice about carrying large handbags.

* Take careful note of the persons around you, and recognise if you are being followed. If you believe you are being followed, stay in a well-populated area and use a cellular phone to call the police, or ask someone for help. Never show fear.

* It is best to travel in groups.

* Do not park in lonely or poorly lit areas.

* Approach your vehicle from an angle that allows you to see inside.

* When taking public passenger vehicles, always make a mental note of the vehicle's make or model, its registration number, and the other passengers. Be wary if drivers divert from the normal route.

* It is always a good idea to let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.

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