S.Africa: 2010: FIFA World Cup: South African Tourist Horror – American Newspapers Warn Readers to be on Guard

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Thursday 22-Apr-2010

[Even with these tips, you are still a massive TARGET! Americans thinking of visiting South Africa should rather visit Iraq or Afghanistan, as its a much safer option! Don’t Risk YOUR Life! Janolifant]

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With one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world, South Africa plans to deploy 41,000 police officers during the World Cup tournament, June 11-July 11. Smaller crimes, such as pickpocketing and credit-card fraud, also pose a risk. Here are some safety tips.

Always lock car doors and keep windows closed. Keep phones, bags and cameras out of sight.

At traffic lights, leave room in front of your car so you can drive away in case of a hijacking attempt, even in daylight. Check side and rear mirrors for strangers approaching the car.

If bumped at a traffic light from behind, drive to the next police station.

In case of hijacking, cooperate fully. Stay calm. Keep hands in view. Make no sudden moves. Don’t meet the hijackers’ eyes. Ask permission before removing your seatbelt.

On foot, be alert and avoid isolated or dark areas and alleys. Don’t jog alone in parks or at night. Stick to well-lit areas at night. Travel in a group if possible. Use reputable taxis.

Know your route, and plan it in advance. Even if using a GPS, know the areas to avoid. If lost, don’t stop; drive to the next business or garage.

Don’t wear expensive watches, jewelry, or your camera around your neck. Don’t carry a wallet in your back pocket. Keep handbags zipped. Consider using a money belt. Use hotel safes.

Bring certified copies of important documents, such as a driver’s license and passport.

If stopped by police, check police ID. If pursued by an unmarked car with a blue flashing light, don’t speed but proceed steadily to the next police station.

At ATMs, be wary of anyone approaching you, including anyone in a police uniform. Cancel the transaction immediately.

Never let your credit card out of sight. Keep track of transactions on your bank account.

Source Url: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sc-trav-0420-strip-south-africa-security-20100420,0,1241799.story

Posted By: JanOlifant
*AfricanCrisis Volunteer*

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