Easter holidays safety tips

The Mamelodi police distribute safety pamphlets in the community. Photo Stephen Selaluke.

The Mamelodi police distributed pamphlets in the area on Monday to raise the awareness of security during the Easter holidays.

They warned residents about common robberies at malls following an increase in reported cases in which people had been robbed after making large cash withdrawals.

Police spokesperson Captain Johannes Maheso said said the robbers had an established modus operandi.

“The conman sometimes work in groups,” he said.

“Sometimes someone drops in front of the targeted victim to distract the would-be victim. When the victim spots the money and picks it up, the robber will claim ownership then suggest that the money be shared. The robber will then suggest a place the two can sit down to divvy the money up – this is usually a secluded place – where the victim will be robbed,” said Maheso.

He said sometimes the victim was tricked into going into the robber’s vehicle where the victim is then robbed

Maheso said sometimes robbers used a ruse such as offering their intended victim goods at half the retail price.

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“When someone offers you goods at half price, you should know that this is stolen property. Don’t buy stolen goods, it is a crime.”

He also warned against accepting cold drinks from strangers.

“In some case, robbers had offered their victim a spiked drink or spiked the drink while the victim was distrated

“Just don’t leave your drink unattended in a shebeen while you go to the bathroom.

“Cases have been reported in which even cars were stolen after the victim had passed out after consumed a spiked drink.”

Maheso said the police would increase visibility and work with CPFs and security guards to fight crime at malls.

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He advised anyone who needed to make a large cash withdrawal to take a trusted friend or relative with and never allow themselves to be distracted by tricks or alternatively use modern technology such making payments via electronic transfer instead.

He also gave the following tips:

– Do not tell anybody that you are going to make a large cash withdrawal.

– Phone the police if you notice that you are being followed.

– Improve the security around your home to reduce the risk of burglary.

– Know your neighbours so that you can look out for each other. When neighbours are friendly towards each other, their security is improved.

– Do not drink and drive.

Maheso wished the residents a safe and happy Easter and encouraged them to report any suspicious person to the police on 08600-10-111.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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