Black Friday and Cyber Monday are universally recognized as days of super-sales and low prices on typically expensive goods.

Every year, South African consumers all over the country rush to stores to start their holiday shopping and get great deals on appliances, electronics, and other prized items.

Unfortunately, the popularity of Black Friday often leads to large crowds and potentially dangerous situations, and with COVID – 19 lockdown still in place, shopping will be a bit different this year.

For those who decide to shop in-store this year, Vision Tactical recommends standard precautions: wear a face masks covering your mouth and nose at all times, washing your hands often and keeping a safe distance from other people.

Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba says that even though most people are simply interested in getting a good deal and saving as much money as possible, there will be others who have criminal activity in mind.

“If you plan to use cash for your purchases, get the money from the bank or ATM a day or so before Black Friday. People withdrawing money from an ATM are an easy target for thieves.”

Theba adds that it’s a good idea to ask a friend to join you for the day.

“You may not stay together in the store because you’re looking for different sales, but leaving the store and driving together is much safer than going it alone.”

Some additional tips to keep in mind on Black Friday:

  • Be sure your cell phone is fully charged before you leave home.
  • Let your family know where you’re going and keep in touch during the day.
  • Even though you may want a particular item, don’t fight over them.
  • When buying high valued and large items, such as TV’s etc, either have it delivered to your home than storing it on the backseat of your vehicle, as this will make you an easy target for brazen criminals.

For more information, contact our offices on 084 222 222 2 / alternatively send an email to comms@visiontactical.co.za

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