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What to do if you Hear Gunshots

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…