Criminals LOVE Valentine’s Day

February is the month of love and while Zululanders plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun, romantic date or weekend away with their significant others, criminals also see this day as an opportunity to cash in.

Nite Owl has some tips to help ensure that your romantic evening or weekend does not end in tears:

  • Don’t announce your plans on social media

    Don’t ‘check in’ or share any information that that could make your home vulnerable to crime.

Wait to post on social media

  • Wait before posting photos on social media

    Do not post images of where you are or of the romantic scenery, as this will indicate that you are not at home. Rather post such photos once you are back at home.


  • No secret dates

    If you go out on Valentine’s Day, tell someone where you are going and with whom. Meet your date at the venue and end the date if anything feels wrong – especially if you don’t know the person that well.


No Secret Dates

  • Cellphones

    Make sure your cellphone is charged and that you have airtime to phone in case of an emergency.



  • Locking up and arming the alarm

    Make sure that you lock your premises and arm your property before going out.


Lock up

  • Lighting

    A well-lit home will deter intruders and also help you to get safely inside your property on your return.



  • House sitters

    Appoint a reliable house or baby sitter if you plan to go out. Show them how to use the panic alarm, and make sure they know how to reach you in case of emergency. Inform your alarm company about the sitter’s presence at your house.

  • Don’t flash cash

    The way you carry your purse or wallet can make you a target. Keep these items in front of you or in a front pocket. Pickpockets can easily take items from back pockets.

Don't Flash Cash

  • Be alert

    Use well-lit, trafficked areas. Don’t let a stolen kiss in the dark make you a victim. Remember, there is safety in numbers – never wander around alone.


  • Fire hazards

    If you plan a romantic evening at home, don’t place candles near curtains or other flammable materials, and remember to switch off the oven!

Fire hazard

  • Road safety

    When driving, be alert of your surroundings. Look out for suspicious movements so as to avoid possible hijack attempts. Also be very wary of intoxicated drivers – one of the biggest causes of road accidents in Empangeni.

Nite Owl believes in the protection of loved ones and assets and recommends that every household/commercial site should have an alarm and an armed response team to back you up when in need.


For an alarm and security evaluation of your property, phone Nite Owl on 0861 77 22 11.

Nite Owl offers expert security advice and service and can protect any type of property – from bachelor flats to high end manufacturing plants.

Based in Empangeni, it is one of the largest local security providers.

‘Big enough to protect, but small enough to care’

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Nite Owl Specialises in:

  • Electronic alarm installation/addition and monitoring
  • Armed Response
  • Electric Fencing (Nite Owl is a Department of Labour accredited installer)
  • Access Control
  • CCTV
  • Gate and Garage Motors

For more information, visit Nite Owl’s website, follow them on Facebook or call 0861 77 22 11.


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