Protect your valuables this festive season

As the festive season approaches and many head out for holidays, homes become more vulnerable to theft and South African roads see increased traffic.

Follow these guidelines to secure your home and belongings while ensuring road safety.

Protect your home and belongings:

  • Inform your security company that you will be away and ask them to respond immediately if the alarm is triggered. Regularly check your alarm system & the backup batteries and ensure it remains functional.
  • Leave a spare key with a trustworthy neighbour in case of an emergency.
  • Unplug non-essential devices like TVs, washing machines and kettles. This not only protects them from potential load-shedding damages but also saves energy.
  • A small leak over a week or two can turn into a flood and result in water damage – turn off your main water supply while you are away.
  • Keep high-value items like laptops and jewellery out of sight. Using a safety deposit box or a built-in safe is ideal.
  • Refrain from announcing your travel plans on social media. Criminals often scout these platforms to identify unoccupied homes. Instead, share your travel memories and photos upon your return.

Tips for safe driving:

  • Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. Pay special attention to your tyres, brakes and wipers ensuring they function properly.
  • Fatigue affects your reaction times and driving ability – when driving long distances, stop for a quick coffee or snack.
  • Drive with your headlights on to enhance visibility.

If you’re planning to travel abroad, please contact our office to assist with a confirmation of the cover letter needed to cross the border.

As we approach the end of this year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued clients for their loyal support. May you and your family have a blessed festive season.

Although all possible care was taken in the drafting of this document, the factual correctness of the information contained herein cannot be guaranteed. This document does not constitute advice and anyone planning on taking any financial action based on this document, is strongly advised to first consult with their personal financial advisor. ProVérte Risk Management is an authorised financial service provider with FSP no. 51584.

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