This can be a dangerous time of year for matrics looking to blow off steam after their finals, but there are precautions they can take to stay safe, says Fidelity ADT’s Charnel Hattingh.
She offers these safety tips for those on their way to “Matric Rage” events and anyone celebrating away from home in a possibly unfamiliar area:
Before leaving your accommodation ensure that anything valuable is locked away.
Never carry large amounts of cash or go out wearing flashy or expensive jewellery.
If your accommodation is a holiday house or apartment, make sure all the doors are locked, the windows are properly shut and that the alarm is activated.
When out be aware of your surroundings and arrange with your friends to keep an eye on each other and your belongings.
If you are approached by a suspicious individual, walk away and report it to the closest security or to the police.
Do not accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drinks unattended.
When it is time to return to your accommodation:
Never leave without your friends.
Do not accept a lift from a stranger; rather use transport provided by the event organisers.
Driving after a few drinks is never an option. Call a cab or use event shuttles if they are available instead.
Consider appointing a designated driver who will be responsible for getting everyone home safely.