A LARGE number of South African workers make use of public transport to get to and from their place of work every day.
- Make sure you know all the details of the route you are planning to use, and that you have enough money on you to pay for your journey. Many public transport services now make use of card payment systems.
- In the same way that you would tell your loved ones if you are taking a walk or a hike in nature, also make sure that someone knows your planned journey’s details.
- Avoid dark areas. It is best to wait for your bus or taxi in an area that is well-lit, and where there are other people who would notice if something happened to you.
- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instinct. Don’t fall asleep on the bus, and take note of any suspicious behaviour. If something feels wrong, rather disembark.
- Keep your possessions close to you, so that you can be alerted immediately if something goes missing.
- Many public transport vehicles have alarm or emergency buttons installed – make sure you know where the closest one to you is located, so that you can call for help in case of an emergency.
- A number of municipalities have set up dedicated law enforcement units for their public transport services, which also includes roving patrols on vehicles and at public transport interchanges. Keep their contact details pre-programmed on your mobile phone.
- Pick the right seat. Try to sit close to the driver if possible, or take an aisle seat which will help prevent you from being cornered.
- If possible, travel with a friend or a colleague. There is safety in numbers.
- Many private security companies have developed mobile panic buttons, which can be kept in your pocket and will transmit a distress signal in case of emergency.
(Source: ADT Security, Emma Dunk)