Don’t get complacent, ladies. Stay alert and stay safe

by Seeff Richards Bay’s partner – ADT Richards Bay

Women’s Month is the perfect opportunity to remind mothers and daughters across the country to never neglect their safety measures. We hope that the below tips will help keep women safe, while they tackle their daily demands.

Firstly, is very important to always be aware of what is happening around you.

Being distracted makes you a soft target. It is very easy to be trapped into concentrating on the next deadline such as that important business meeting, collecting your kids from school, or visiting friends and family, all the while not being aware of any suspicious activity happening around you. Criminals are always on the lookout for soft targets and will take advantage of you if you are not paying attention.

ADT recommends cutting out distractions as far as possible and reasonable. This includes taking or making phone calls while driving, especially if you have children in the vehicle. While driving, make sure your doors are locked and any valuable items are placed under the seat or in the boot, out of sight. If you are approaching your house, be on the lookout for any suspicious persons and rather drive around the block if you don’t feel 100% safe. Trust your instinct.

It is also good to occasionally change one’s driving routes and departure times.

Criminals scoping out your house will be able to know exactly when you leave and arrive and which routes you take. Keep them guessing by leaving perhaps slightly earlier or later and by taking different routes to drop the kids at school, for example. The same applies to things such as your running routes and times, gym visits, and even your locking up and leaving routine.

When possible tell someone where you are going and the time you expect to return. Save emergency numbers on your phone and try to memorise at least one contact number you can call in the event of an emergency. Remember less is more when it comes to wearing flashy jewellery and carrying cash. If you are taking a handbag, carry it close to your body and not dangling by the straps.

By exercising these precautions we believe women can develop very good safety habits that will assist them in avoiding dangerous situations.