Safety tips for the festive season

Athlone police station spokeswoman Sergeant Zita Norman says police officers have increased visibility for the festive season.

Ask a trustworthy person to house-sit while you are away on holiday.

Business owners must regularly change their routes when depositing or withdrawing money.

Parents who are working must leave children in the care of responsible and trustworthy adults.

While shopping, place children in the trolley or use a child leash.

Be alert and look out for suspicious characters in the neighbourhood.

When children visit swimming pools, make sure that a responsible person over the age of 18 accompanies them.