Matriculants should celebrate responsibly when exams finish at the end of the month, and never neglect their own personal safety. That was the plea from local private security company ADT Security.
“Our Grade 12 learners and their families have worked long and hard to get to this point, and we wish them all the best during the tough examination process,” says ADT Inland General Manager Theunis Kotze. “However, the immense sense of relief when the exams are finished does not mean that one can forget basic common sense when it comes to your own safety.”
Several big parties and festivals are being planned across the country for matrics to unwind and celebrate the end of their high school careers. Kotze says there are easy safety measures that they should remember especially if they will be celebrating away from home in a possibly unfamiliar area.
- Before leaving your accommodation for the day or night, ensure that anything valuable is locked away in a drawer or safe.
- 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 if a system is installed.
- When out at different events and activities, be aware of your surroundings and arrange with your friends to keep an eye on each other’s belongings.
- If you are approached by a suspicious individual; walk away and report it to the closest security or to the police.
When it is time to return to your accommodation after a night out:
- Never leave without your friends.
- Do not accept a lift from a stranger; rather use transport provided by the event organizers.
- Driving after a few drinks is never an option. Call a cab or use event shuttles if they are available instead.
Kotze lastly also called on parents to share these tips with their children regardless of where they will be celebrating the end of the exams.