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Festive season safety tips

The festive season is upon us, and it comes with a lot of risk, unfortunately. As we gear up to go on holiday, vacations and enjoy some much-needed family time, we need to ensure that we are safe. Here are 8 tips to stay safe for the festive season:

  1. Go cashless. Should your card get stolen, all it would take is to block it and replace it with a new one. The cashless route avoids loss of cash is easier than losing cash that you would have to worry about replacing.
  2. Take a buddy. Travelling to new places requires you to explore, and what good is exploring if you’re not going to have anyone to enjoy exploring with? Also, having someone with you at all times will allow you to fully enjoy the new experience without looking over the shoulder.
  3. Avoid late nights if you can. Yes, a new place will present new experiences that will have you feeling left out, but it is important to keep your safety in mind. Do not be out in the wee hours of the night all by yourself. If you are with friends, ensure that you know how to make your way back to your accommodation. Also avoid taking drinks from strangers at social clubs. The risk of drinks that have added drugs in them.
  4. Avoid being a big spender. Do not draw attention to yourself because that will make you a target. Yes, buy a few things here and there but do not look like a baller because you never know who is watching. Being a baller attracts attention.
  5. Avoid speaking to strangers. You never know who people really are. Be cautious of who is around you especially during your vacation time because you might stand out if you are not from there. If you are not comfortable talking to someone who presents themselves as friendly, rather walk or drive away. Better safe than sorry.
  6. If you are driving, be careful where you park your car. You may not always be anticipating danger. You may also not be noticing when you are being followed or tracked by criminals. Park where you can see security guards and centre cameras. Do not park your car in dodgy places.
  7. Do not post your whereabouts. Sometimes our need to show people where we are becomes more important than being safe. It is dangerous to announce your location because someone could use that information to your track you. Save the posting for after the vacation once you are home safely.
  8. Don’t wear both headphones. You need to be aware of your surroundings. Listen to your music in a safe way but at least using one bud. Having your other ear open will have you being fully aware of anyone following you and it won’t have you looking distracted.

Happy festive!

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