Police prioritise child safety this festive season

Cpt Sizwe Ngwababane holds up the brochure that was distributed during the public awareness campaign.

Brighton Beach SAPS launched its Festive Season Mall Safety Awareness Campaign at the Bluff Towers and Hill Side Mall on Black Friday.

During the campaign, parents were urged not to leave young children unattended or under the supervision of a minor child in a car, and children must be conditioned not to talk to strangers or even open any vehicle doors in the absence of the adult.

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One thousand brochures with safety guidelines were provided to assist with the safety of children at shopping malls this festive season:

  • Do not leave young children unattended or under the supervision of a minor child in a car, and the children must be conditioned not to talk to strangers.
  • Do not let your child stray from you inside the mall or even inside a shop because your child can be snatched from you in less than 20 seconds.
  • Make a wrist band for your child which reflects your contact number only. This can be used to reach you when the child goes missing and has been found by another person.
  • Mothers with toddlers in strollers must ensure that the stroller is always close to their body. Do not let a toddler sit in a shopping trolley unless he is visible to you all the time.
  • Do not be distracted by a stranger starting up a conversation, even if it is a woman.
  • Ensure that you have a current photo of your child, this will help the police in the search for your child should he/she be abducted.
  • Make a mental note of the clothing your children are wearing, this will help the security at the mall to announce lost children.
  • Children must not be allowed to visit public toilets without adult supervision, the person accompanying the child should enter the public toilet facility and not stand outside the entrance to such facility.

The Hill Side Mall-Bluff and Bluff Towers Mall management and tenants are thanked for allowing the SAPS to host the brochure campaign at their respective malls.

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Sub-section media officer, Cpt Le Roux, was also recognised for creating the brochure and the distribution of the 1000 brochures, while she was conducting six-hour foot patrol duties during the campaign and interacting with the Black Friday shoppers.

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