Following recent alarming reports of child abductions within the province, Marburg Primary school, based in Port Shepstone, recently implemented a state-of-the-art CCTV camera as a proactive measure to enhance the safety of their pupils.
The CCTV camera, implemented by Fidelity ADT, has been strategically positioned to increase visibility and to add a “bird’s eye view” of the traffic in and around the school. This includes monitoring of vehicles, children walking home and any other by passers or suspicious activity.
“Several cameras have been implemented throughout the province, with this being the first of its kind in the South Coast region. We are hopeful that more community organisations will take advantage of these technologies as a precautionary means to fight crime. These cameras have become very affordable and can serve as a crime deterrent at schools, places of worship, businesses or community neighbourhoods,” says Fidelity ADT’s Community Development Manager, Rian Buys.
Fidelity ADT would like to remind parents of the importance of teaching their children necessary safety precautions. There are simple actions, Buys says, which can help to keep a child safe. Parents are reminded to constantly reinforce general safety tips for children:
- They must always walk to or from school with a friend or friends. Stick to streets they know and never take short cuts through quiet areas or empty parking lots and never walk with cell phones and iPads in full view.
- If they get picked up at school, they should never leave the premises but always wait inside the school grounds for their lift to arrive.
- They must never get into a stranger’s car; even if the stranger claims that someone they love is hurt and that they have been sent to pick them up. Remind them that you would never send someone they don’t know to fetch them.
- Consider using a password system. If the person coming to collect you from school cannot repeat the password you and your child agreed on, they should not get into the car but immediately ask for help.
- If a stranger approaches them, they should not talk to them no matter how friendly they may seem. If someone tries to grab them, they need to fight, kick and shout out that the person is not their mom or dad.
- If your child does encounter any suspicious activity, encourage them to get a good look and memorise their physical details and clothing, as well as the vehicle they are in. Listen for any names or other details that might help identify them later.
- Make sure your children memorise their full names, address and phone number. Using a play phone, teach them when and how to dial 10111.