It’s shopping time! With retail outlets offering irresistible sales for the upcoming holidays, how can one resist spending times in the malls and CBD?
However, the Newcastle SAPS is warning Newcastillians that they are not the only ones shopping around for so-called bargains. As residents plan their shopping routes, the criminal element is preparing to prey on unsuspecting victims. Especially those who carry large sums of money on themselves.
“The community is urged to protect themselves and reduce the risk of becoming victims,” says Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Captain Jabulani Ncube.
How does one do that? Captain Ncube says by following any of the following tips, one can minimise the chances of being targeted by the criminal element.
- Carry as little as cash on you as possible.
- Consider paying your accounts via electronic banking.
- Avoid telling people when you are going to the bank. If you go to the bank on a weekly basis, change the days and times as often as possible. This is so people don’t learn your routine.
- When banking for work, don’t carry moneybags and avoid displaying your receipt book.
- If your business is doing well and the amount of cash you are carrying increases, rather make use of a cash management company.
- Refrain from paying your staff’s weekly wages in view of the public. To Increase security, opt to pay staff wages and salaries electronically.
- When you go shopping, avoid displaying just how much money you have in your wallet or purse.
For those who belong to stokvel groups, Captain Ncube says there are tips that can secure your money.
- When depositing money or withdrawing cash, ensure you are accompanied by another member of the group.
- A stokvel savings club or burial society can arrange for members to deposit cash directly into the club’s account, instead of collecting cash contributions.
Residents are also encouraged to be vigilant about their surroundings. If you notice a suspicious individual following you, it is advised to go into a secure place or the police station.
With the SAPS encouraging Newcastillians to be vigilant and safe, have a wonderful festive season.