- If something looks to good to be true it probably is
- If someone looks dodgy they probably are, feel no shame in rolling up the window
- Never give out money without a product in front of you, unless if your willing to part with the money should the product not arrive
- Stay away from area's that give you that sixth sense of something being wrong.
- Any foreign objects outside your house, like empty can's, wrappers, bottle's can be indicators used by criminals to mark the status of a property
- Keeping your car windows open about an inch makes them stronger and therefore less likely to break when struck with something
- Keep your eyes open at when stopping at a red light, smash-and-grab criminals love highway off-ramps and red lights
- Keep your car windows rolled-up as high possible to avoid someone being able to reach into the car
- If you turn into your property and wait for a gate to open ensure there are no suspect cars around, if possible stay in the road and turn in once the gate is open to avoid being boxed-in by a hijackers car
- Criminals usually like to operate in gangs, if you only see one you can be sure he has a buddy watching/helping somewhere close by
- Avoid replacing house windows secured with window putty if your going away soon, soft putty is easy to scrape off, allowing the window pane to be removed
- Armed reaction companies take around 5 to 10 minutes before they arrive at your property to investigate an alarm, this is plenty of time for criminals to take quite a bit from your house and vanish
- Noisy evenings eg. firework celebrations, provide a perfect time for criminals to operate without being heard
- Ensure all gardening equipment your may have is safely locked away, these have been known to become the tool of choice if lying around. During my youth they broke into a car next door using a sprinkler stolen from someone's garden.
- Keep your car doors locked, recently a lady was abducted by two people jumping into the back of her car at a red light
- Try to avoid malls during the festive season, malls robberies are common during these times. I experienced this twice when they robbed a jewelry in a local mall
- South African criminals can be extremely violent - killing for little reason, using axes to open cash vans, using explosives to blow up hundreds of ATM's every year, etc - If possible give them what they want and avoid confronting them, your life is more important than purchased goods - Giving them what they want here unfortunately doesn't mean you won't be harmed...
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Keeping yourself safe in South Africa...
Living in South Africa can become very interesting with all the criminal activity we live with on a daily basis, below are some pointers (I will continue to add as I think of them) the rest of the world might not know, if your coming to SA the following might be of use to you too: