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Top shopping tips to keep you safe this holiday season

Shoppers are encouraged to practise vigilance as foot traffic increases at shopping centres across the community.

Shopping in South Africa can be an enjoyable experience, but it is essential to prioritise safety.

We have compiled some top shopping tips to help keep you safe:

  • Choose reputable areas: Opt for shopping in well-known, busy areas and malls rather than isolated or unfamiliar places. Popular shopping centres often have better security measures in place.
  • Avoid flaunting valuables: Keep your expensive jewellery, electronics, and large amounts of cash out of sight. Use a crossbody bag or a money belt to deter pickpockets.
  • Be cautious with ATMs: Use ATMs located in well-lit and secure areas, preferably inside a bank or a mall. Shield your PIN while entering it and be vigilant of your surroundings.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings: Stay alert while shopping. Keep an eye on your belongings and be cautious of any suspicious behaviour or individuals loitering nearby.
  • Travel in groups: If possible, shop with friends or in groups, especially during evenings or in less populated areas. There is safety in numbers.
  • Keep your belongings close: Do not leave your bags or purchases unattended, even for a moment. Thieves can strike quickly.
  • Use secure transportation: If taking a taxi or ride-sharing service, ensure it’s a reputable company. Avoid using unofficial taxis or accepting rides from strangers.
  • Research beforehand: Before going shopping, research the area and the stores you plan to visit. Understanding the local area and its safety reputation can be beneficial.
  • Trust your instincts: If something feels off or unsafe, trust your gut instinct and remove yourself from the situation. It is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Emergency contacts and precautions: Save emergency contacts on your phone, and if possible, keep a list of local emergency numbers handy. Consider installing safety apps for extra precautions.
  • Be cautious of scams: Be wary of people offering unsolicited help or overly good deals. Stick to official stores and authorised sellers to avoid falling victim to scams or counterfeit products.


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