Below are tips to help to keep you from being that “easy target.”
v Newcastle Community are hereby warned by the police to avoid using short-cuts / footpaths between FET College Amajuba and Farmers Hall that open space is not safe anymore. People are being robbed off their belongings by the criminals.
v Avoid displaying and carrying large sums of money or valuable jewelry in public.
v Leave your purse at home if possible. If you must carry one, carry the smallest one you have.
v Be alert and aware. Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public.
v Know your destination and route.
v Avoid text messaging and talking on the phone.
v Use the buddy system. If you must walk alone, choose open, well-lit, and well-traveled areas.
v Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds and vacant lots.
v If you sense that you are being followed, change directions or cross the street. If the person persists, run to the nearest place where you’ll find people.
v Do not allow a stranger to follow you to your doorstep. Go to a public place where you can call the police whenever you feel threatened.