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PROJECT: CRIME DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON (PART 3) SAFETY IN SHOPPING MALLS

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Shopping malls play a central role in festive preparations, drawing in many visitors. It is critical to emphasise the need for a proactive approach to guarantee the well-being of shoppers, staff, and the community at large.

SSS continues to forewarn the public and advocates personal safety measures in place.


Please read our latest project for more information and context on our Facebook page or website.

 

GENERAL RULES:


Non-negotiable guidelines for personal safety in shopping malls:

  • Avoid being alone in high-target stores around opening and closing times.

  • These stores are banks, jewellery stores, and cell phone stores.

  • Be observant at all times.

  • Be aware of shoppers around you and anyone following you in the parking area.

  • One right turn is a coincidence.

  • Two right turns cause suspicion.

  • Three right turns indicate that they are following you.

  • Report any suspicious behaviour immediately to the shopping centre management, the information desk, or security staff.

  • If robbers demand your vehicle or a personal item, hand it over immediately.

  • Do not confront anyone yourself unless you are professionally trained to handle such situations.

  • Do not wear expensive jewellery, shoes, or handbags when shopping.

  • Use a sling bag across your body and always keep it zipped up.

  • Men should wear their wallets in an inside pocket and not in a trouser pocket.

  • Never place your cell phone in your trouser pocket.

  • Do not place your cell phone, purse, or wallet on a counter.

  • Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.

  • Do not get distracted by messages or texting because a distracted target is a vulnerable target.

  • Do not use public WIFI in shopping malls because some hotspots do not encrypt wireless data, which may lead to identity theft.

  • Presume that you are being watched.

  • Thieves do their homework and are acutely aware of every opportunity that presents itself.

  • Various syndicates focus on high-end valuables such as Rolex watches, cell phones, cash withdrawals, etc.

  • Do not carry too much cash with you at any time.

  • Never withdraw copious amounts of cash at ATMs or inside the bank.

  • Thieves have informers standing around high-target stores or working in banks, relaying information.

  • Human Trafficking syndicates target shopping malls during this time of the year:

  • If possible, do not take your small children to malls.

  • Do not leave your teenagers unsupervised at shopping malls for extended periods.

  • Children with cell phones should be forewarned of the dangers at shopping malls and should keep their phone's "live locations" on.

 

SHOPPING MALL PARKING LOTS:


  • Always park in a well-lit area, as close to the entrance as possible.

  • When parking at a shopping mall, make sure to double-check that your car is locked to prevent remote control through car-jamming devices.

  • Show your children where the security guards are so they know where to get help if they get lost.

  • Ensure your children know your cell phone number.

  • Have a set meeting point in a public space if you get separated.

  • When leaving a store, make sure to have your car keys in your hand before heading to your car.

  • When you return to your car, be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not walk directly to your car when leaving the store.

  • Instead, walk up to your car at a right angle to better view your surroundings.

  • If you suspect you are being followed, do not drive directly home, go to the nearest police station instead.

  • Do not place your shopping bags on the back seat of the car. Instead, place them in the trunk. By doing so, you can avoid inviting a smash-and-grab with visible bags on your back seat or on the empty passenger seat.


 

DRIVING HOME FROM THE SHOPPING MALL:


  • It is important to be cautious when leaving a mall, as there have been reports of robberies occurring outside the parking area and during your drive home.

  • Informers are known to provide information to robbers and hijackers about potential targets outside malls.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and ensure that you are not being followed.

  • Use your rear-view mirrors to keep an eye on anyone suspicious and, if necessary, drive directly to the nearest police station before stopping anywhere else.


 

We will post more projects regarding personal safety in the following days.

It is imperative to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Your vehicle and the expensive gifts you bought are not worth your life and your family.


 
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Mike Bolhuis

Specialist Investigators into

Serious Violent, Serious Economic Crimes & Serious Cybercrimes

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