Cape Town Safety For Tourists: Are You The Naive Cape Town Holiday Maker?


Cape Town Safety For Tourists: Are You Responsible?

You have packed your bags. You have bought the plane ticket. You have booked your Cape Town accommodation. You downloaded the free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. You cannot wait. Only a few more nights.

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Cape Town safety for tourists is hidden in the photo above:

These two guys are tourists. Obvious. Absent minded. Naive. Nothing wrong with that. But in the wild the non aware becomes supper. And I am not suggesting this is your destiny. All I am saying is, “don’t be stupid”.

These two guys are in a crowded place. Good for them. But if you were to wander off the beaten track, all on your own, deep in thought and heedless of present circumstances then you are looking for trouble. This is true anywhere in the world and not only in Cape Town.

Now let’s say you booked a Clifton beach holiday. You arrive. You are loud and happy. You carry bags, food and drink, all the way down to your bungalow. You drop stuff as you walk. Again you are such a give away. I am not saying you should not be happy. But don’t be stupid.

In the wild easy prey is first choice.

Many guests would dump their stuff in the bungalow and run to the beach. Happy but again stupid. There are always people looking for an easy opportunity. If your camera, dropped in the bungalow, is seen from the public steps to the beach, without anyone around, then you are the problem. If your window is open on the bottom floor and your iPad is an easy take on the bed then you created the opportunity. Take responsibility. Be sensible. And tell your family to do so.

It takes two to tango. You making it easy and the one wanting your stuff. If you withdraw from the tango there is no dance.

In Simon’s Town many tourists visit the penguins. These odd creatures are very popular. But ignorant visitors would park their cars and leave all their valuables for all to see. Easy prey. Again you are giving people, who may be desperate, an ideal opportunity to take your stuff. Why make it so easy? Why not cover your valuables, lock them in the boot?

Cape Town Safety For Tourists Tips:

You are not a victim.

  • Blend with the crowd. Try not to draw attention with the way you dress, being careless with valuables.

  • More than one is okay but two is a lot better. A crowd is best but not always possible.

  • Always think about the following: Are you creating an easy opportunity? If yes then you are the cause of the issue.

Be reasonable. Be aware. Be sensible. And have fun.

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. – John Steinbeck.

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November 8, 2013

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