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PROJECT: HOLIDAYS AT RESORTS AND CAMPSITES - SAFETY MEASURES

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Whether you are staying at a resort or camping, safety should always be a top priority to ensure a

pleasant and secure experience.

 

OUR CASE:

 

  • On Friday, 3 May 2024, a group of 20 young adults from a church went on a camp at Andante Bush Camp. 

  • During the night, they were subjected to a break-in, where several tents were cut and various items, including three cell phones, a smartwatch, and a bag of luggage, were stolen. 

  • The suspects' fingerprints were all over the doors of different vehicles, and a pathway was found where the suspects entered and left. 

  • Despite attempts to contact SAPS Brits, they were unable to reach them. 

  • The premises owners admitted that this was a regular occurrence and that they could not do anything about it since the suspects had cut the fence. 

  • The stolen phones were traced to a school in Lethlabile, a township outside Brits, and then to Johannesburg, where they disappeared. 

  • This is not an isolated incident.

    • It is happening at other campsites, including Roodekoppies Dam, where numerous campers have been targeted in the past year. 

  • In 2023, a young woman was shot and killed after a similar attack at Hennopspride Lifestyle Resort. 

  • As a result, anglers and campers are warned to be cautious and take measures to protect themselves against these incidents.

 

GENERAL SAFETY MEASURES:


STAYING AT A RESORT:

 

  • Choose Reputable Resorts: 

    • Opt for resorts with good reviews and a reputation for safety and security.

    • Look for resorts that are well-established, have positive guest feedback, and prioritise guest safety.

  • Secure Accommodation: 

    • Keep your accommodation secure by locking doors and windows when you are not in your room or chalet.

    • Use in-room safes or secure lockers for storing valuables such as passports, cash, and electronics.

  • Be Mindful of Your Surroundings: 

    • Stay aware of your surroundings and be cautious of strangers, especially in crowded or unfamiliar areas of the resort.

    • Avoid leaving personal belongings unattended, especially on beaches or by the pool.

    • Do not leave rings or watches on shower windowsills or on basins – even inside your own locked chalet.

  • Know Emergency Procedures: 

    • Familiarise yourself with the resort's emergency procedures, including evacuation routes, emergency contact numbers, and the location of first aid facilities.

    • Inquire about any potential hazards on the property, such as strong currents at the beach or wildlife encounters.

  • Stay Informed: 

    • Keep abreast of local news and safety advisories, especially if you are staying in an area prone to natural disasters or civil unrest.

    • Monitor weather forecasts and heed warnings or alerts issued by local authorities.

  • Use Resort Facilities Safely: 

    • Take precautions when using resort facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, and recreational activities.

    • Follow posted safety guidelines and rules, and supervise children closely, especially around water.

  • Travel in Groups: 

    • When venturing outside the resort property, consider travelling in groups, especially at night or in unfamiliar areas.

    • Stick to well-lit and populated areas and avoid isolated or poorly lit streets.

 

CAMPING:

 

  • Choose Established Campgrounds: 

    • Select established campgrounds with good amenities and security measures in place.

    • If possible, look for campsites with designated pitches, ablution facilities, and security patrols.

  • Secure Your Campsite: 

    • Set up your campsite in a safe and secure manner, ensuring that tents are properly staked down and belongings are stored away securely.

    • Keep valuables locked in your vehicle or in a secure container to deter theft.

  • Be Wildlife Aware: 

    • Familiarise yourself with local wildlife and take precautions to avoid encounters with potentially dangerous animals.

    • Store food and garbage securely to prevent attracting wildlife to your campsite and follow guidelines for wildlife encounters if you encounter animals in the area.

  • Practice Fire Safety: 

    • Exercise caution when building and maintaining campfires and follow regulations or guidelines regarding campfires in the area.

    • Keep fires small and contained, and ensure they are fully extinguished before leaving the campsite or going to bed.

  • Plan for Emergencies: 

    • Carry a well-stocked first aid kit and know how to administer basic first aid for common injuries.

    • Have a means of communication, such as a fully charged mobile phone or two-way radio, in case of emergencies.

  • Leave No Trace: 

    • Practice “Leave No Trace”-principles by minimizing your impact on the environment and leaving your campsite as you found it.

    • Remove trash and waste and avoid damaging vegetation or wildlife habitat.

 

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Regards,

Mike Bolhuis

Specialist Investigators into

Serious Violent, Serious Economic Crimes & Serious Cybercrimes

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