Safety Hints and Tips
  • If you work late, don’t go to your car alone if you can avoid it. Ask somebody to escort youto your car.
  • Have your keys ready when you approach your car or home and enter immediately.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers and do not hitchhike.
  • Avoid taking short-cuts through deserted areas such as parks, empty areas and passages.
  • Carry your medical aid card at all times.
  • Although you may want to explore unfamiliar areas of town we advise that you do not do soby yourself.
  • Keep your car doors locked while you are driving.
  • Store luggage in the car’s boot (trunk) where it is out of sight.

Safety tips while shopping

  • Never leave your bag or wallet unattended in your trolley or on a shop counter.
  • Beware of pickpockets and never keep your wallet in your back pocket.
  • Hide your cell phone and do not walk around talking on a cell phone.
  • Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

Safety on the beach

  • Swim at beaches manned by lifeguards and between designated swimming beacons.
  • The African sun has high levels of UV radiation, so use a high factor sun protection cream.
  • Do not take glass or bottles to the beach.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol if you are going to be swimming.
  • Avoid bringing any valuables to the beach.

Zero tolerance against drinking and driving

The South African Police Services (SAPS), together with other State and provincial authorities, are
committed to reducing this crime, particularly over festive periods such as the Christmas holidays.
No one is trying to stop you from having a good time – just be responsible about doing it!

    Your blood may not have an alcohol content of more than 0.05%. This means that even after what
    you may think is a ‘small drink’, you could be over the limit. If you have more than 350ml of beer,
    OR if you have more than a single tot of brandy or other spirit, you may already be over the limit.
    Remember that these levels of alcohol will remain in your system for up to EIGHT hours after consumption!
    Do not take chances – rather stay where you are until you have sobered up, or arrange for alternative
    transport home from wherever you plan to drink, and make such plans in advance to ensure that you are not left stranded.
    Members of the SAPS, the various Metropolitan Police Departments and other law-enforcement
    agencies are conducting road blocks and manning other checkpoints more frequently to discourage
    people from drinking and driving. If you are stopped at such a roadblock, and if it is determined
    that you have consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol, you will be arrested and charged with
    Driving under the Influence of Liquor. You will be held in custody until you are able to post bail
    (in certain instances bail may be denied).
    Depending on prior convictions against you, as well as the circumstances surrounding your arrest,
    you face a minimum fine of R2 000 or a two-year prison sentence, or both. You may also lose your
    driver’s licence, or have it suspended. And, of course, you will have a criminal record!

In case of emergency


  • 10111 is the number that you can use in case of a police emergency.
  • Never make a prank call to the emergency number 10111, as it will engage the line.
  • All police stations’ numbers are available on the SAPS website at

For a list of other emergency numbers: Click Here

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