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Man stalks mom at Boardwalk Inkwazi shopping centre

A mother was left shocked after shopping scare

A MOTHER was left shell-shocked after being stalked by a man while shopping at the Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre on Saturday.

Vanessa Greyling said she was terrified when she realised the suspect had been following her every move from Mr Price to the Woolworths food section where he bent over her child’s pram pretending to wipe at something.

‘I believe he was trying to focus my attention on my son to distract me from my handbag.

‘But I kept my legs against it so there was no easy access to it.

‘After this he stepped in behind me in the queue, but disappeared when I was called to a till.

‘An employee advised me to be cautious as the man was visibly following me and they have been trying to catch him.

‘I was too scared to go to my car by myself, so another staff member went to fetch a Boardwalk security guard to escort me.

‘I feel it’s important to warn other moms to be vigilant as we are soft targets.’

Richards Bay SAPS and Boardwalk Inkwazi management said they have not received any previous reports of stalking at the mall.

‘We suggest that if something like that happens again or a mother feels unsafe, she should walk into the closest shop, inform the staff of the suspects and ask them to get in contact with the security,’ said the shopping centre’s General Manager, Riana Mathee.

‘All the shops do have panic buttons to alert the security if needed.’

Richards Bay SAPS spokesperson, Captain Debbie Ferreira, shared tips for safe shopping.

‘Be alert when approached by another person who may be distracting you so they or their accomplices can steal from you.

‘If a stranger bumps into you while shopping, immediately check for your valuable belongings.

Avoid carrying large amounts of money.

‘Never leave valuable possessions in the trolley.

‘Do not allow your children to go to a public toilet on their own.

‘And be on the lookout for loiterers in places such as parking lots, entrances and isolated public areas.’

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