West CPF wants to protect you

Noekie Salmon. Photo: Supplied

In an attempt to keep residents safe, the Mountain View CPF has provided safety tips to safeguard themselves against the crimes on the rise in the area.

Chairperson, Noekie Salmon implored the residents to always trust their instincts.

“If something feels wrong, something is probably wrong. Be aware of your surroundings, walk close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic, carry bags close to your body and look confident,” she said.

“Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. If you are being followed, head for a crowded place. If people start milling around you, it could be a set-up for a mugging. Know yourself, how do you react in a crisis situation? Do you scream, cry and freeze? How would you defend yourself?”

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She said residents should remember there is no right or wrong approach to dangerous situations.

“Show your anger, not your fear. A furious reaction often may stop an attack. Remember an attacker is looking for an easy victim,” she said.

“Yelling is always a good deterrent, a good choice of word to yell is ‘fire’, this will draw attention to those who do not want to get involved but may be concerned for their own safety and may come to help.”

She suggested if you are alone and do not know anyone in your street, call out a name anyway to make the attacker or assailant believe you may be with someone.

“If someone has a weapon stay calm and wait for an opportunity. Weapons make the situation more dangerous and difficult, but there still may be something you can do to protect yourself,” Salmon said.

She suggested non-resistance to prevent physical violence.

She said another crime on the rise was ATM robberies.

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“Keep your car keys handy after using an ATM so you don’t to fiddle for your key at the car,” she said.

“Be alert for anything suspicious, especially two or more people in a nearby vehicle, particularly if no one else is at the ATM, or someone who just appears to be hanging around the area.”

She said when in a queue, wait well behind the person using the ATM.

“Never bank at a poorly lit or obscured ATM and when you are using the ATM and someone is closer than you would like, ask them to step back,” she said.

“If they do not step back it may be best to cancel your transaction and wait in your locked vehicle until that person leaves or go to another ATM. Do not write your PIN on your ATM card and if you must use your ATM card after dark go with a friend if possible.”

Salmon said many ATM robberies happened between midnight and 06:00.

She said to report all ATM crimes to the police and to your bank.

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