Are we proactive enough?
South Africa is in crisis in almost every corner, …especially the economy. So what are we waiting for?
We South Africans are all guilty of waiting till something adverse happens before we take action. We are often not pro-active. Rather we react after the event. We know a customer who recently thought R3000 was too much to spend on upgrading his alarm defences. A few months later, his wife was beaten in an aggravated burglary. Then he happily spend R32k on security upgrades!
Why is this so? Perhaps the cost of taking preventative action is higher than we expected? Perhaps we think that negative things only happen to others? Whatever the reason, crime statistics and trends in our country, especially in rural and wealthy areas, are rising despite the efforts of many.
Recently-released Crime Statistics show that crime rates, especially with aggravated assault and theft have risen every year for three years.
The period of tenure under police Commissioner Riah Phiyega shows alarming increases in rates of aggravated robbery. She has been a complete disaster.
Residential robbery, business robbery and carjacking are the most concerning upward crime trends since 1994. It is suggested that due to improved security measures, criminals are now turning to armed assaults. So robberies are getting more dangerous.
Our murder rate ranks alongside Colombia and El Salvador, both of which are experiencing low-intensity civil wars. We are amongst the worst in the world. Our murder rate is 30 times greater than countries such as Ireland or Australia!
The problem is that in South Africa there are many millions of “Have-nots”. Some statisticians say there are 10m un-employed in SA. That is a staggering number of people trying to survive and feed their families. Naturally this desperation will feed into aggression, drugs, gangs and theft.
Private security firms and being forced to step in where the police are not able. There are now more than 3 times the number of registered private security officers compared with actual police officers. In 1997 the figures were roughly equal. What does this tell us? …Basically we have to make our own arrangements.
Some have likened the situation to a state of war. Whether this is completely accurate or not, the fact remains that many of us in rural areas and on South Africa’s farms, are under siege. Almost every institution and Parastatal is in deep trouble. The economy is in crisis. Corruption is robbing the economy on a grand scale. Not many people think things will get better any time soon.
Students, Unions and the EFF are emerging as strong destabilising forces for change. In the meantime business needs to survive, farm production and food security need to be maintained. Security must be well managed.
We must all work together. We are all in this together.
In any intruder incident, we MUST remain in control and we must use all the technology and expertise at our disposal.
Crime Stop’s technology and advice, properly used, will help give you peace of mind and help you be in control in the event of an emergency.
We have solutions that offer non-lethal but serious deterrents, for protection of farms, schools, homes, factories and even motorists.
Don’t wait to take action. Prepare your safe environment now.
Contact CrimeStopSystems.com for more information.
Regards Security Sam
(Thanks to SA Institute of Race Relations for some data.)