Be a crime stopper!!


15-July-2014

CRIME STOPPER: BE ALERT AND AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM

In a recent press conference held at the Police Headquarters, the Community Police of the Seychelles Police Force has thanked the public for their contribution and help towards the Crime Stopper initiative launched recently in the districts. Inspector Nancy Henry of the Community Policing Unit thanked the public which she said have used the two systems in place very well.

The Crime Stopper programme is composed of two systems: one where a person can call 133  and their calls remain anonymous. The second one is through an email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The police has also produced publicity materials in this area such as posters and leaflet instructing the population what they can do to help prevent crime in the community.

Today www.nation.sc publishes the information available from such publications to make people more aware of the need to police their community for the betterment of them all.

Telephone Security Tips

Be wary of the telephone surveys. List only your first initial and last name in the telephone directory. If you receive a threatening or obscene telephone call, hang up. Contact the police department and make a report.

Answering machines are useful in screening calls. Your outing message should not say that you are away from home.

 When being attacked or robbed

If someone tries to snatch your purse, let it go. Most injuries from robberies occur when people resist during purse snatches.

If you are attacked, whether you resist and how you resist will depend on your personal resources and your personal values. Give some thought right now to what you would do in various situations that could rise. The more you have thought ahead, the more likely you will be to act in the way you have planned.

  • In considering your reactions to different situations, keep these three basic rules in mind:
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Don’t be afraid to be impolite or make a scene; this is especially important if someone you know threatens or attacks you.
  • Try to remain calm and use your imagination and good judgment; give yourself time to think

 Personal Security and Safety Tips

  • Be especially aware of your surroundings at times when you may be less alert and more vulnerable to an attack.
  • During periods of stress
  • When you are upset or sick
  • If you have been drinking
  • Use direction and caution
  • When taking shortcuts, in isolated area (e.g. working, or studying alone in labs or office) lock the doors and tell a friend or the police department where you are and when you plan to leave.
  • Keep personal belongings well secure while in crowd
  • Whenever you are working or at home, and see or hear someone who might  be in trouble, your options include running, yelling, confronting, and calling the police department (9-9-9)
  • Do not lend your mobile to anyone you do not know
  • Learn self-defense techniques classes.

 Home security and safety measures

  • Keep doors locked day or night whether you are home or not
  • Know who is at the door before opening it.
  • Insist on seeing an ID from anyone you do not know
  • If someone comes to your door and asks to use telephone to call for help, offer instead to make the call.
  • Give your home a “someone is home” look. Put radio and lights on a timer.
  • Maintain good lighting around entrances.
  • Leave spare keys with a friend, not in accessible places.
  • Keep emergency numbers near the telephone
  • Avoid loud music.
  • Always keep your money and valuables in a safe place.

 Advisory notices when using your car

The Crime Stopper programme is composed of two systems: one where a person can call 133  and their calls remain anonymous. The second one is through an email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The police has also produced publicity materials in this area such as posters and leaflet instructing the population what they can do to help prevent crime in the community.

Today www.nation.sc publishes the information available from such publications to make people more aware of the need to police their community for the betterment of them all. (More under LIVING)

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