· Keep your valuables out of sight.
· Stay alert and follow your instincts.
· Keep handbags or slingbags on the shoulder that is away from the road.
· Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas.
· If someone asks for directions, keep a polite but safe distance.
· If a thief demands your valuables, hand them over; your life is worth more. If possible, throw them away from you and run.
· You're safer in the company of others. If you must be out alone, stay away from dark corners, alleys and doorways.
· Keep your ID, driving licence, credit cards, etc in a pocket or concealed pouch to reduce the risk of losing them to thieves.
· If you are robbed, try to remember the attacker's face, the licence plate number and the make of his vehicle. This information could save others.
· Report all incidents of snatch theft to the police.
· When you leave home, make sure all the doors and windows are locked.
· At home, never open the door to a caller until you know who it is.
· You should have a peep-hole in the front door so that you can see who is out there.
· When you go out at night, leave a light on.
· Before leaving on a trip,
a. stop all deliveries
b. connect a light to a timer
c. notify the police
d. have a neighbor or relative check your home from time to time.
· Always park in a well-lit, bustling area or in parking lots that have attendants.
· Never leave valuables or keys in your car.
· Never leave your parking ticket or chip coin inside the car.
· Never leave the car running even if you'll only be gone for a minute.
· Always park with the windows up and the doors locked.
· Be careful while getting into your car. Watch for suspicious characters lurking nearby.
· Never pick up hitch-hikers.
· If you have a flat tyre in an area that does not seem safe, try to keep driving until you reach a safer location.
· If you are being followed by another vehicle, drive to the nearest police or fire station.
· Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough fuel to get you to your destination and back.
· Do not get out of your car if it is suddenly blocked by another motorist. Lock your door and try to manoeuvre out of there. Remember, an assailant who gets out of his vehicle to approach your car is the vulnerable one.
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