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What Should I do if I Witnessed a Car Accident?

You’re on your way home from work, a car speeds past you and moments later that same vehicle is involved in a sudden accident.
You’ve witnessed an accident, so what do you do now?
You left the scene.
Do not panic, there is no legal obligation for you to stay if you simply witnessed the car accident; however it is the right thing for you to do. In some situations, there may be no witnesses around except you, meaning you may have to call the emergency personnel for help. If you are a witness to a car accident in the future, then your support can be beneficial to the people involved.
You stayed on the scene. So you made the right decision and stayed on the scene to help! Here are some things you need to do to avoid getting hurt yourself:
-Drive until you can find a safe spot to pull over and get out of your car. Don’t cause another accident trying to help the victims of the first accident!
      -Call the ambulance, emergency personnel or push the SOS button on the PatrolMan app to summon he…

A Guide to Road Safety for Children – Before you Hit the Road

There are millions of vehicles on the road and each year the number increases. With more vehicles on the road, it is only wise to do everything you can to stay safe, especially when you have precious cargo on-board.

Whether you are simply driving your child to school or taking a long road trip along the coast, driving with children in the car adds extra responsibility and anxiety to your drive.
Take a look through our road safety guide for children and put those worries aside…
The best way to stay safe is to always be prepared! This means ensuring that your car is 100% road worthy with an up-to-date license and all the correct paperwork. Start with the right know-how as well as the right tools for the job and it’ll make your trip easier and safer.
Know the Correct Laws –From tiny tots to older kids, your child will have to sit in a booster seat with special child restraints, otherwise they’ll have to be strapped in properly to the appropriate car seat. Learn the laws and be prepared with…

How do you Secure your Home Properly from Intruders?

Most of us are on a tight budget these days, but we still have to make sure that all our bases are covered when it comes to securing our home.

Here’s a list of the most basic security measures that even people on a budget can afford to get…
Having good lighting is the cheapest security measure that you can fit in and outside your home. Make sure to check that your lights are working on a regular basis and install them in dangerous areas such as by the front door, windows, walls and any other dark spots.
2. Burglar Bars
You might think that burglar bars look really ugly on your home, but they are a necessity – especially in South Africa! If you don’t like the steel bar ones, install InvisiBars or a similar product that can’t be seen.
3. Alarm System
An alarm system is easy to set up and many are affordable for many different budgets. Majority of break-ins happen during the day when it is quiet and most people are at work, so don’t give an intruder the luxury of time and privacy – …

Teaching your Child to Cross the Road Safely

We all know that crossing the road can be really dangerous, that is why it is so important to teach your child how to cross the road safely…

Follow these safety tips to help teach your little one to cross the road safely.
- Hold Hands
Holding a grown-ups hand is vital, and children need to understand this! Holding hands ensures that your child does not run off or get distracted. If you are pushing a pram, etc. make sure they hold onto it instead.
- Use the Green Cross Code
Focus on these important steps when your children are crossing the road:
       1.Find a safe place to cross        2.Stop at the curb        3.Always look right, left and then right again        4.If the road is clear, cross over but NEVER run!        5.Keep looking out for approaching traffic as you cross

- ONLY cross at these specific places...
1. Zebra crossings
2. Pedestrian crossings 3. A child crossing with a crossing guard
A lot of children, who get hurt crossing the road, say that they did not stop or did not even…

Are you an Aggressive Driver?

Aggressive driving is something that happens way too often these days. Did you know that nearly 80% of people express anger and rage behind the wheel?

Aggressive driving is a serious concern that can cause fatal crashes and is a danger for all road users. All unsafe driving behaviour that is done on purpose with no regard for safety is categorized as aggressive driving. Examples of aggressive driving include:
   oSpeeding (especially in heavy traffic)    oTailgating    oPurposely cutting in front of people and then slowing down    oDriving through red lights    oWeaving dangerously in and out of traffic    oChanging lanes without using your indicator    oBlocking cars that are trying to pass
Aggressive driving that turns extreme can escalate into what is known as road rage. Here are some examples:
oSwearing, shouting and showing obscene gestures to other drivers    oThrowing things    oRamming other cars intentionally    oSideswiping    oForcing another driver off the road

If you see other drivers…

When is it Okay to leave your Kids Home alone?

If you have children, especially young children, you’ve probably been wondering when it is okay to leave them home alone.
Below is a helpful guide to show when it is age appropriate, keep in mind that these are not official recommendations, only a guideline. Only you as a parent will know when your kids are responsible enough to be left completely alone…

Do you feel your child is old enough to be left alone for a few hours, or overnight? There are some precautions you can take to ease your worry and make sure your children are safe when you’re not at home.
1.Stay in touch. Make sure to call your kids regularly throughout the day to ask how they are doing and what they are doing. Depending on your child’s age, they should not leave the house at all.
2.Keep them connected. Write down a list of all the important numbers by the phone or make them put them in their cell phone. These numbers should include your number, your works number, the police, doctor’s office, a neighbour and a relativ…

6 Things Car Thieves know that you don’t know!

Every year millions of cars are stolen, with car thieves using a number of clever ways to successfully commit the crime.

A former car thief has given up a few trade secrets that could help you to keep your car safe and deter any thieves.
 1.The model of your car can make it a target – Some cars are a lot easier to steal than others. Why? Because they have good resale value and the parts are in demand – it’s as simple as that!
     2.You’ve parked in the wrong place – A car thief will avoid stealing a car that is parked in front of your house or in your driveway. However, dark, quiet, secluded areas are prime spots.
     3.Car thieves hate daylight hours, alarms, nosey neighbours and security cameras – Car thieves will avoid these things like the plague as they’ll ruin their chances of being quick and inconspicuous.
4.Reconsider leaving your car running – It may seem fine to leave your car running while you jump out and run into the shop for 2 minutes, but this is basically like putting a…

Protecting yourself against Vehicle Crime

Vehicle crime is something that happens all over the world, however more so in South Africa. These crimes don’t only affect people with cars, bicycles and motorbikes are being stolen too.
Don’t be the next victim – take these precautionary measures!
-- Lock your bicycle or motorbike to a sturdy pole or bike stand when you have to park away from home.
-- Use the correct type of lock that criminals cannot easily break.
-- When you are at home, make sure your bicycle and/or motorbike is locked in your garage.
-- If it is possible fit an alarm to your motorbike.
-- Make sure to keep your keys inside where they cannot be seen from a window or door.
-- Park in well-lit, secure areas.
-- Always make sure all doors, windows and the boot are locked.
-- Don’t ever leave any valuables in plain sight in your car when you are parked or even when you are driving.
-- Store your vehicle and car ownership information / documents at home and not in your car.
-- If you have to leave your car parked somewhere unsaf…

What to do if you Hear Gunshots

It may seem like something that will only happen in your nightmares, but getting caught close by a shooting or even in the middle of one is a real thing that could happen at any time.

Should you ever find yourself in a situation where someone is shooting a gun, you need to think fast and avoid becoming a victim.
  ØMake sure you’re actually hearing a gunshot.
It doesn’t seem likely, but it is in fact pretty easy to confuse other sounds with gunshots. Dropping something heavy, a construction site and a car backfiring can all sound similar. To help figure out what you are hearing, keep in mind that gunfire has a random rhythm.
  ØDon’t panic, act fast!
When you think you’re in danger, your body may start to shut down. Tell yourself that everything is going to be okay and snap out of it. More than 50% of shootings occur for less than 5 minutes, so time is a valuable thing.
  ØFind out where the shooter is and escape.
The safest place for you to be when there is a shooting is as far away from t…

15 Campus Safety Tips for College Students

When you think of crime on campus, stolen textbooks and vandalism probably comes to mind. However, crime that occurs in society can and does happen on campus too.
Most of these crimes can be prevented by following these 15 helpful campus safety tips…

- Always lock your car doors any time you leave your car, even if you are running into the shop for a few minutes.
- Don’t leave valuables on your car seats or in plain sight where a thief can be tempted.
- Check the backseat of your car when you get inside to make sure no one is hiding there.
- Always lock your apartment, dorm room or house door.
- Don’t show off large amounts of money and expensive jewellery, these things will only tempt criminals.

- Be sure of who is at the door before you open it, if you’re suspicious keep the door closed and call for help.
- Walk together with a friend at night and always walk on pathways and well-lit areas.
- If you are going out drinking, always choose a designated driver.
- Don’t impair your judgement by d…

Avoid Distracted Walking by using these 6 Helpful Tips

It’s obvious that using a mobile device is dangerous not only while you are driving, but while you are walking too.

Pedestrians have been known to put themselves in a number of dangerous activities while using their phones like walking straight into things, stepping in front of a moving vehicle, falling down stairs, etc.
A recent study shows that people that are distracted while walking can go off course by as much as 61%
To make sure you are completely safe when you are walking, use these 6 helpful tips…
  üIf you have to use your headphones or any other electronic device, make sure to turn the volume down enough so that you can still hear the traffic and what is happening around you.
  üIf you need to make a phone call, send an email, message someone or do anything that may distract you from your course, STOP and do it away from the flow of other pedestrians.
  üWhen you are walking, focus on where you are going and what is going on around you.
  üNever jaywalk, rather look for a zebra c…

5 Signs you’re living in a Safe Neighbourhood

Finding the right neighbourhood to live in is important when it comes to home safety and making sure yourself and your loved ones are happy.

If you’re living in a generally safe neighbourhood then you’re more likely to spend time outdoors while your children play in the garden.
Here are the five most common signs that show your neighbourhood is safe…
Community Involvement
      -Neighbourhoods which have community events such as markets, parties and friendly get-togethers are more likely to be closer and know each other better. Getting involved in the neighbourhood is also a great way to see what the people living around you are interested in.
Local Businesses
      -Are there a variety of businesses in your neighbourhood like family restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, book shops, etc.? It is worth taking a look at the local businesses in your neighbourhood and seeing what kind of people visit them.
Children Playing Outside
      -Usually parents are willing to let their children play…

6 Top Tips to keep yourself and your Car Safe

South Africa may be a beautiful place, but it is overrun with crime, from simple crimes like muggings and pick-pocketing to more serious offenses like hijacking and burglary.

One specific crime that is continuously rising is vehicle theft and hijackings. More experienced criminals are now not only targeting vehicle that are left unattended but also vehicles that still have people in them! This can be a scary experience – here are 6 top tips to make sure you’re not the next target!
Be aware of your surroundings – If you can only visit the store late after working hours and you notice that your car is the only one in the parking lot, always be ready and alert. Hold your keys ready in your hand and if possible carry pepper spray along with you. Should your gut tell you that someone may be following you – turn around and head to the nearest open establishment.
Make sure you’re not being followed – Keep the music volume low and be alert when you are approaching your home, also be on the look…

What to do in an Emergency Situation

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

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