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The Pros and Cons of using Fake Security Signs

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You may have seen a few fake security signs in your neighbour’s yard and wondered to yourself – do these actually work to deter criminals from breaking in?

Let’s start with the good news; there are a few benefits of having fake security signs…
Pros:
      ·It is so much cheaper to purchase fake security signs than to actually buy an entire home security system.
      ·Slapping a few fake stickers and signs on your doors and windows takes basically no time at all.
      ·This method can actually work, but it all depends on the type of burglars and how serious they are about breaking in. Faking it is sometimes enough to scare away possible intruders.
You get what you paid for, so faking a security system could possibly backfire, so maybe think twice about fake security signs.
Cons:
      ·A lot of fake security signs look unconvincing, so if you’re going down this route make sure they actually look real.
      ·Clever thieves will Google your security company to make sure they actually exist, …

Driveway Safety for Children

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A young child’s behaviour is often unpredictable; this is why it is vital to always expect the unexpected!
Always remember that your children are at risk of being injured by vehicles in your very own driveway – a familiar, home environment. But it is a fact that so many children are killed or injured in their own driveway by vehicles driven by a loved one.

Here are some driveway safety tips and facts that you need to know…
> Children run over in their own driveway or usually under the age of three
> Drivers are usually parents, family members or friends who were unaware that the child was in the driveway

> The vehicles involved are usually moving slowly or reversing

Your responsibility as a parent or an adult is to – Hold their hand or keep them close!

Why are children so vulnerable to injury on driveways?
1. They are small and hard to see
2. They are often unpredictable and may run off without parents realising
3. They do not know the dangers of running behind or in front of a mo…

What Should I do if I Witnessed a Car Accident?

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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

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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?

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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…
1.Lighting
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

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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
- STOP
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?

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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?

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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!

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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

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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…