As a tourist to South Africa, especially Cape Town you will be considered extremely unlucky to encounter any serious crime which hits world headlines. Well that is if you don’t “go seeking” problems, entering high risk areas which can be said for most cities and places around the world.
As a Tourist Guide to many tour groups of various nationalities who come and enjoy South Africa, I always reiterate the need to be aware at all times of your belongings, especially when using your credit card and where you leave your bag(s).
You can not presume everyone you hand your credit card too is going to rip you off. What you can do is firstly; inform your bank or credit card provider that you will be visiting South Africa. In any event from legitimate purchase problems to theft, the reporting process will be made easier. Keep your Credit Provider contact detail in a convenient place for you to access.
Always keep your credit card in your sights. Most vendors including restaurants should have mobile card machines to process your card in front of you. Do not hand your card to anybody whom must still go and fetch the machine or in a shop where the machine is under a counter side or in a back office. Follow your card and the person if this happens. This action will be acceptable to anyone with honest intentions.
The golden rules at ATM cash machines in South Africa, always use an ATM in well lit and populated areas such as a shopping mall opposed to an on street ATM. Be conscious of those in the immediate vicinity and weigh up if it’s safe, go with your gut feel. If ANYBODY approaches you and says one word to you while you are processing the transaction, hit cancel straight away and walk calmly away.
Suitcases, Camera cases and ladies, please, take care of your handbags or purses. Do not leave your handbag resting on the back of your chair in any restaurant. It’s recommended you take a smaller purse in the evenings, which can sit on your lap easily at a table. It is also better to have a bigger purse resting at your feet instead of over the back of a chair. If you leave the table ask someone to take possession of your bag or purse in your absence.
The Soccer World Cup was so successful but unfortunately it started a wave of international crime syndicates which have found good reason to stay on in South Africa with professional operating skills, preying on innocent tourists by devastating holidays in South Africa by stealing and fleeing into thin air only to make their victims gasp.
GPS Tours prioritises the welfare of visitors and their well being and promotes vigilance in combating any scourge. We are always here for you.