The Consumer Good Council of South Africa (CGCSA) calls for greater vigilance ahead of festive shopping season

Johannesburg, 7 September 2017 – The Crime Risk Initiative (CRI) of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) has urged shoppers, shopping mall owners and businesses to remain vigilant ahead of the forthcoming festive shopping season.

Abraham Nelson, the Head of the Crime Risk Initiative (CRI), says: “We continue to urge mall owners, as well as individual shop operators, to ensure they have invested in the latest security measures. This also includes having visible and undercover security personnel to protect their businesses and the shopping public.”

Nelson says the festive shopping season is normally associated with higher criminal activity, in particular attempted robberies at shopping malls and other petty crimes such as shoplifting and theft of and out of motor vehicles. Recently, there have also been increased robberies of jewellery store in some part of the country.

He says the CRI with its members the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) and retailers continue to work closely with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) and other security stakeholders to share useful information for utilisation to alert and help shopping mall owners and business operators to take appropriate measures to protect their property, goods and the shopping public and also to review and discuss additional measures and tactics to deal with crime and other opportunistic criminal incidents.

“Our main focus is to ensure the safety and security of both our members and the shopping public,” Nelson says.

Nelson says consumers should also continue to be vigilant at all times and note following safety tips:

  • Not carrying large sums of money on them
  • Always locking their vehicles and making sure the doors are locked before they leave their vehicles
  • Ensuring that valuables are safely put away in vehicles and not left in plain sight
  • Be alert while using ATMs
  • Report suspicious activity or persons when at shopping malls or centres
  • Be aware of their surroundings, both within and outside shopping centres, and especially when leaving shopping centres ( ensure that they are not being followed)
  • Going to the security officer at the mall and or nearest police station or service station if they think they are being followed