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What to do if your Child Joins a Gang

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It can be hard to know what to do and how to act when you find out your child has joined a gang. Children often join gangs because it makes them feel protected or they just give into peer pressure, however it is not too late for them!
There are a number of things you can do as a parent to understand, support and protect them...
§Try to understand it from their point of view. Avoid coming on really strong and immediately attacking them and laying down rules. This will only push them away! Try to see things from their perspective and you will discover why they joined the gang in the first place.
§Be a good role model for your child. Your child may have joined a gang because they have no proper role models at home and they feel that the gang has more of a clear set of rules then their chaotic lives at home. If there is violence at home and no communication, your child may see this as unacceptable way to act.
§Work together with your partner. It is best that you work with your partner or eve…

Is your Child in a Gang?

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Gangs are a scary, but a very real thing that occurs everywhere around the world. What is even scarier is the fact that you may not even know your child is in one!

A youth gang may get together after school and intimidate assault, vandalise and even burglar people. Do you know of gangs in your neighbourhood or the surrounding areas? They may be a danger to the people in your community. Download the PatrolMan app and you can keep up to date with the latest crime stats, reports and incidents, as well as use the SOS button if you are very in an emergency situation.
Have you been getting the feeling that your child may be involved in a gang? Here are some important signs to look out for.
>> Your child starts hanging out with a new group of friends. This group may be known for being gang members.
>> There is a dramatic change in the way your child behaves, their personality and their habits.
>> Their appearance may change to associate themselves with the gang, such as ha…

Your Cars been Broken into – Now what?

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Having your car broken into is not much fun, in fact it can feel like the worst thing in the world. However when it happens you need to know what steps to take!
Here are the most important steps you should take before doing anything else, keep in mind they may change a bit according to your situation...
     1.Call the Police
Use your common sense and call the police immediately and don’t get inside your car and start rummaging around to see whats missing. Your car is now a crime scene so fight the urge to touch ANYTHING. If you’re in Cape Town call 10111, but we know how long the police can take to respond, so press the SOS button in the PatrolMan app as well and help will be summoned immediately to your position!
When the police do arrive, make sure you file a report listing all the stolen and damaged items. This is important for insurance purposes.

     2.Take Pictures and Record the Damage
If you are in an accident it is like second nature to stop and take pictures of the event. Th…

Everything you need to Know about Bee and Wasp Stings

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Getting stung by a bee or wasp is probably something that has happened to you before and if not it will probably happen to you sometime in your life. The most common sting is from a regular honeybee, however Africanized honey bees, otherwise known as “killer bees” are extremely dangerous and can be a serious problem when they attack!

Here’s everything you need to know about bee and wasp stings and how to protect yourself if you do become a victim...
Symptoms of a bee sting
A regular bee sting will show the following symptoms: - An instant sharp, burning pain that goes away after a few seconds
- A red mark that will swell a bit that can be a bit itchy and painful
- After 48 hours the swelling will peak and it can last for a week

However some stings can show these symptoms: - Extreme redness and swelling
- Sometimes the whole area, like your whole hand or nose, will swell up
- Rash, fever, nausea, headache and multiple stings can be fatal for children
- Swollen joints that cause pain can …

Valentine’s Day Safety Tips

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Just because Valentine’s Day is all about love and sharing, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be the next target for a criminal! The bad guys out there use this day as an advantage to commit crimes when you are away on your romantic date.
Use these helpful tips to ensure you stay safe this Valentine’s Day...

Don’t post your plans on social media. Just like you wouldn’t share you holiday plans, don’t share your Valentine’s Day plans either. Burglars use social media too, so when they see you’re planning on going on a romantic weekend away or out to a fancy restaurant for the night they’ll know your home will be vacant.
Don’t post pictures. Wait until you are home or the following day before you post any Instagram pictures of your romantic meal by candle light. Just like posting your plans, the pictures will show you’re not home. Plus, your date might not be so impressed with you taking a million pictures instead of just enjoying the moment.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Valentine’s Da…

Teaching your Kids to be Street Smart

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Most children love playing outside, but this creates another level of responsibility. Why? Because your children need to know how to be street smart!
Make sure your kids know these basic rules before they are allowed to go play with their friends in the neighbourhood.

> Don’t hang out in parks, streets, parking lots or school yards after hours when it is dark and deserted.
> Never go anywhere with anyone you do not know, even if they say they’re friends with your parents, etc.
> Never open the front door when you are home alone. If you feel scared, call the police or press the SOS button on the PatrolMan app and help will be summoned immediately.
> Stick with a friend or a group of friend if you are going somewhere, like walking to school.
> Don’t trust any strangers!

> If someone approaches you or stops their car and calls you over, don’t get close. Rather head to the nearest shop or place of business.
> When you’re in a shopping mall, stay close to whoever you …

Teens in Cars – What are the Facts?

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Road accidents claim the lives of thousands of people every day, even more so for teens, as motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teens.

So, what are the facts when it comes to teens in cars?
> Deaths between teen drivers and their passengers are almost equal.
> In half of all car accident deaths, the teen was not wearing a seat belt.
> 1 in 4 teens say they don’t wear a seat belt every time. Why?  >> 34% say they forgot
>> 16% say they weren’t driving far
>> 11% say seat belts are uncomfortable
> Reduce the chance of death by 45% - encourage teens to wear their seat belts at all times!
> Did you know that 39 % of teens say they have driven with another teen driver who was texting on their phone?
> 57% of teens say they have been in the car with a parent who was talking on the phone while driving.
> 28% of teens say they have been in the car with a parent who was texting while driving.
> 4 out of 10 teens say that they would ask the dr…

Never Leave your Child Alone in a Car

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Sometimes your child is so silent in the back seat that you completely forget they are in the car with you! Other times, you are in such a rush to get in and out of the store or quickly draw some money from the ATM that you are tempted to just leave them in the car.
This is a serious problem! Leaving your child in a car alone is life threatening and can lead to injuries and even death. Small children are especially at risk because there body temperatures can rise three times faster than an adult’s body temp.

Did you know that when a child’s temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die? It is a scary fact, but every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle!
You can use these tips to stop the deaths...
Avoid heatstroke and death by always remembering it is never okay to leave your child in the car, even if you are just stepping out for a minute or two.
Create reminders by putting your bag or purse on the seat next to your child so you remember they’re in the car with you.
Take acti…

You’ve been in a car accident – Now what?

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Did you know that worldwide, 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents? It’s a scary statistic, but these things happen and you need to know what to do if you are involved in a car accident.
Follow these simple steps...
1. Check for any injuries
The first thing you need to do is to check if anyone is hurt, even if it is only a small fender bender, the most important thing is making sure everyone is okay. If anyone is seriously hurt and needs medical attention – call 10177!

2. Call the police
Even if the accident is a small one, you need to contact the police or go to the nearest police station so they can write up a report. Make sure you describe the incident in full detail to the police and try to get a copy of the completed report for yourself.

3. Exchange info
Always swap insurance information with the other party involved, as well as names, phone numbers, addresses and the vehicles make, model and license plate number.

4. Take photos
If you feel you need evidence to prove tha…

Keeping our Kids Safe in and around School Zones

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School days mean one thing – congestion. Buses are parked, children on bikes are rushing to school and parents are dropping off their offspring hurriedly so they can get to work on time.

It is so, so important for everyone to pay attention when driving in school zones, especially when dropping off or picking up children.
Some schools have drop-off zones or procedures, this helps, so if your child’s school has them – make sure you know them! If not, follow these simple rules:
-- Never double park. This blocks a driver’s view and a child’s view. -- Don’t drop off children across the road from the school, unless you are going to walk them over yourself.
-- Try carpooling to reduce the amount of cars at the school.

Did you know that more children are hit by cars in school zones or near schools than any other location? It’s a scary fact and that’s why we need to take precautions to keep our children safe.
-- Never block the zebra crossing when you are stopped at a red light, this could pu…

Community Safety Tips for Parents and Children

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A neighbourhood watch group can do what they can to keep their neighbourhood safe, but it also up to the parents and their kids to do what they can to help.
The world we currently live in is a dangerous place, so no community is completely safe. We urge all neighbourhood watch groups to download the PatrolMan app, this way everyone can keep track of the crime stats, incidents, reports, etc in the neighbourhood – taking back control of crime!
Here are a few neighbourhood safety tips that parents need to know to keep their children safe.
> Know where they are at ALL TIMES. This may seem like common sense, but a lot of parents think it is okay for their children to wander around in the street. If they are going to visit a friend down the street, always ask them to tell you whose house they are going to, or better yet, walk them over yourself.

> Write down your number and other emergency numbers. Make sure your children know how to reach you, not just on your cell phone but at work …