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What to do in an Emergency Situation

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Should you ever be in a situation where you, someone you know or even a stranger is in danger – you need to know what to do!

It is important first of all to get hold of emergency services, whether you call the police or the neighbourhood crime watch (press the SOS button on PatrolMan app) or both!
If there is a possibility that someone will be harmed or is harmed already, you need to access the situation and collect the following details:
      -The location of the emergency situation, this includes any landmarks, etc.       -The number you are calling from       -The details of what happened       -How many people need help or assistance       -Conditions of the people involved       -What assistance is being given at the moment
Do not put down the phone until you have given the person on the other end all the information they need.

What should you do if someone is unconscious?
      -Are they responding if you squeeze their shoulders or ear lobe?       -If they are not breathing check their ai…

The Safe Journey to and from School

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In the car your child watches what you do and learns from your example, so make sure that you always follow the rules of the road. Keep to the correct speed limit, be a courteous driver and NEVER use your cell phone while you are driving.
ALWAYS use the side closest to the curb when helping your child in or out of the car!

If you live close enough, walking to school is a nice way to start the day. While walking, you will have the time to discuss road safety awareness and teach them how to be safe…
  nAlways hold your child’s hand while walking and crossing the road.   nTake special care and pay attention when there is a lot of traffic.   nChildren learn by watching their parents, so always cross the road by zebra crossings and wait for pedestrian traffic lights.
When you are crossing the road with your child, teach them these four simple steps:
STOP a step back from the curb if there is no pathway
LOOK right, left, right for approaching traffic
LISTEN in all directions for any traffic
THINK…

How to Stay Safe When Walking to your Vehicle Alone at Night

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The place where you parked your car this morning may look safe at that moment, but when you have to go home after dark that same spot can become dangerous.

Criminals are everywhere, searching for victims that look easy to take advantage of, so the best way to stay safe when you are walking to your car at night is to read these safety tips and make then a habit.
       -Always be aware of your surroundings.
       -Should you see a suspicious person, do not be afraid to report them to security personnel, the police or your neighbourhood crime watch.
       -Carry pepper spray, mace or personal alarm.
       -Plan a safe route to get back to your vehicle and tell someone you are going that way.
       -Wall on well-lit paths where other people may be walking.
       -Steer clear of alley ways, entries, bushes and anything else an attacker could be using as a hiding spot.
       -Don’t flash your smartphone, expensive jewellery or cash.
       -Do carry your phone in case of an emergency but kee…

How to Stay Safe when getting in or out of your Vehicle

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During those few seconds when you get in or out of your vehicle, you are the most vulnerable to attack. Criminals know that distractions such as putting your groceries into the boot, strapping your child in their seat and simply unlocking the door can work to their advantage.

This is why it is so important to know how to stay safe and even be ready for a fight when you get in or out of your vehicle…
Always be ready to open your car door:
  §Do not stand around looking through your handbag, purse or pockets – have your keys out, in your hand and ready to open the door.   §Carry your keys in your right hand to unlock and get into your vehicle faster. Try holding your keys in-between your fingers as a self-defence weapon.   §Hook your finger through a keyring to avoid dropping your keys, especially if your hands are full.
Listen to your gut:
  §Look around and be aware of suspicious people that may be watching you from a distance.   §Consider climbing in from the passenger side to avoid being g…

How to keep your Home Safe While you’re Away

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It doesn’t matter where you’re going, whether it be a quick business trip, two week vacation or overnight stay at a friend’s house, you want to know that your home is safe and sound.
No matter what the situation may be, here’s how to keep your home safe…
Lock EVERYTHING down:
Lock up ALL the windows as well as ALL the doors. This includes any doors that lead in or out of your yard, your garage and shed. If you have an alarm system in your house, ensure that it is properly armed when you leave and let your security company know AND your neighbourhood crime watch that you will be leaving.
One of the silliest things that people do when they go away is to post about it on social media. The bad guys also use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. so don’t let them see your vacation pictures – this will only confirm to them that you are away and your home is empty.

Create an Illusion:
The worst thing you can do when you are away from home is to leave the impression that your home is empty! Don’t l…

Fighting back against an Attacker

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Do you think you would be able to defend yourself if someone were to attack you? This is a question many of us put aside because we do not want to consider it, but the truth is that violence is a part of our lives.
Should you ever be the victim of an attack, you need to know how to stay safe:
Make a noise and push back – If you do not have the option to run away from the attacker, and then make as much noise as you possibly can! Shout; be loud and hopefully someone will hear you. Move your hands around and wave your arms and this could deter the attacker from targeting you.
Hit them where it hurts – Hit hard and target areas of the body where it hurts the most. Aim for the eyes, nose, neck, knees, throat and the groin. And remember to hit them as many times as you can!
Know how to do some damage –A punch with a closed fist will most likely hurt you more than the attacker, so rather use your palms, elbows or knees to do damage. Everyday objects you carry around can also be used as potentia…

Do you think you’re being followed? Here’s what to do

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No matter who you are, normal people can get followed either be strangers or stalkers. There may be a motive behind the following, but no matter what it is – it’s really scary!
If you have the feeling that you are being followed, don’t ignore your gut feeling, use these helpful tips:
      ·Stay Calm

If you’re being followed while driving, don’t panic, speed away and cause a scene. It is best to slow down, think about the situation and drive to a police station or somewhere safe. If you’re on foot, stop and pretend to be looking inside a shop or fixing your hair, this way you can think things through properly and figure out a plan of action.
    ·Mix it Up

Take a few wrong turns or take a quick detour, then double back. This is an effective way to find out if someone is really following you, because how often do two people make the same wrong turn at the same time? If your suspicions are correct – walk/drive to the nearest police station or public area.
      ·Walk to a Busy Location

The wo…

Use these 5 Options if you are ever Targeted by a Predator

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When it comes to options when you are targeted by a predator, fight or flight are the two most well-known.

Of course it isn’t possible to know what will happen during that time when someone attacks you, however it is good to know and understand your options.
i.Posture – Present yourself as a tough target and a predator may opt for easier prey. If that doesn’t work:
ii.Flee – This is the most obvious choice, although it sometimes isn’t possible. If that doesn’t work:
iii.Outsmart – verbally disarming a situation and slowly escaping can sometimes work. If that doesn’t work:
iv.Surrender – Sometimes your best bet is to simply surrender. However a false surrender can also work, especially if it is supported by:
v.Fight – Stun your attacker by fighting like a mad man, then run away as fast as you can.

When you are attacked, you can probably expect to be hurt, but ALWAYS expect to survive!
PatrolMan is a neighbourhood watch app that allows you to keep up to date with the latest crime statistics in…

The 7 Advantages a Burglar will look for

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In order to protect your home against burglars, you need to know where the flaws lie. It is as simple as making your home the least attractive to burglars when they are searching for a way inside.

Here are the 7 advantages a burglar will look for when they want to break into someone’s home…
       1.Unlocked, weak doors or windows without burglar bars or a security gate.
       2.Something that will help them break inside such as a tree in front of a less secure window, a ladder, tools that have been left outside, patio furniture, etc.
       3.Places to hide like bushes, trees and areas where there are no outside lights
      4.Attached garages that are left open and easy to get into and inner doors that are unlocked
      5.Quiet homes where there are no dogs, nosey neighbours or traffic
      6.Secluded homes where there are no proper security practices in place such as an alarm and outdoor lighting
      7.No crime watch or security company signage outside the home or on the walls

Stand b…

All you need to Know about Medicine Safety for Children

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Did you know that every year thousands of children are rushed to the hospital because they managed to get into medicine?

Do not be lenient about how you store your medicine at home; you need to know what you can do to keep your kids safe…
Here are some interesting facts about kids and medicine safety as well as how to protect your kids:
      -Almost every minute of every day there is a call to the poison control centre because of a young child that managed to get hold of medicine       -90% of parents agree that it is important to store all your medicine out of sight and out of reach       -But, 7 in 10 parents say they still store their medicine within a child’s sight       -9 in 10 parents agree that medicine should always be stored in the original container or box       -But, 1 in 3 parents say they often use daily pill organizers that children can easily get hold of       -Too many parents think that it is okay to keep medicine that a child uses every day on the kitchen counter or a vis…

What to do during a Retail Robbery

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Before a criminal commits a robbery they will watch the establishment for a while and decide whether it is convenient or not. Bad cash handling, general upkeep, lack of planning and security measures can make your store or business an easy target for criminals.

Make sure you know how to prevent a robbery beforehand as well as what to do if a robbery does occur...
    ·Always watch your customers       ·Be aware of any suspicious behaviour and contact the police if you feel they may be a threat       ·Keep all emergency numbers on hand       ·Install a panic button and make sure all employees know where it is       ·If possible, have more than one employee work at a time especially at night       ·Keep the inside of your business as well as the entrances well lit       ·Try not to keep large amounts of cash on the premises       ·If you have to make bank deposits, make them during daylight hours       ·Install security cameras in and around your business or store
What to do if a robbery does oc…

What to do if you’re in the Middle of a Mall Robbery

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A number of serious mall robberies involving armed, dangerous criminals happen every year, showing us just how important it is to know how to stay safe if you are ever caught in the middle.

It is advised that you always be aware of suspicious activities and know what is happening around you. Here are several more vital tips:
~ For your own safety, always follow the robber’s instructions
~ Keep calm. If you are struggling, breathe deeply until help arrives
~ Robbers can be agitated really quickly, so don’t try and use your cell phone
~ Keep low and try and find a sheltered spot in case of gun fire
~ Take note of what the robbers are wearing, how tall they are, if they have any tattoos or scars, etc. Try to remember so you can pass on this information to the authorities.
~ Keep your children close to you at all times
~ When you are shopping in the mall, try not to keep large sums of money on you
~ If you are not in the store being robbed, get to a safe area and secure yourself
Dealing with a mal…

Pedestrian Collisions and how to prevent them

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When you leave your house, take a walk to the shop, cross the road to go to your work office or take an evening jog – you are a pedestrian!
Whatever the reason why you are a pedestrian, you need to know how to prevent collisions and possible death.

Here are the five most common types of collisions that happen between a vehicle and a pedestrian:
>> Dart out. This collision usually happens when a pedestrian suddenly steps out or runs out from the side of the road. This type of accident is common because the driver has no time to react. Often, the driver cannot see past an object such as a parked car or bushes.
>> Intersection dash. This collision is similar to a dart out, however it happens at an intersection. A pedestrian will suddenly appear and run out across an intersection, giving the driver no time to react.
>> Multiple threats. This collision usually occurs then a car is stopped to allow pedestrians to cross and another car plans to pass the car because they cannot …

How Seniors can stay safe while Driving

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As you age your reflexes, attention span and most dramatically, your eyesight starts to fade. This is why seniors may have problems seeing finer details and objects as they drive, making it hard for them to stay safe on the road.
We can’t ban seniors from driving altogether, however regular eye examinations, driving the right vehicle and wearing the correct glasses can really make a difference.
Here’s how seniors can keep themselves safe on the road as well as others around them:
      ·Try not to drive after dark and when the weather is bad
      ·Avoid driving when you are feeling overly tired or stressed out
      ·Do not drive after you have taken medication that can cause impaired vision or drowsiness
      ·Rather do not drive during the rush hour traffic
      ·Always keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists
      ·Avoid driving one hour past your usual bedtime
      ·Choose to drive routes that you know well and are familiar with
      ·Always wear your seatbelt when you are drivin…