Private individuals, as well as businesses, have invested a vast sum of money on private security in the hopes of minimising losses caused by the ever-increasing crime rate. We are all aware of the changing political and socio-economic conditions in our country that will surely have an overall effect on the crime rate. Just ask anybody on the street why crime is so bad in South Africa and you would probably get answers that all boil down to more or less the same thing. The question would be exactly whose responsibility is it to invest and make use of these measures and to actually make use of them?
Your safety and security is your responsibility! (Believe it! Believe it! Because it’s true!)
Do you think the above statement is a fallacy or a myth? This statement has actually been a statement within the private security industry since time forgot.
Although it’s currently the norm in our society that services are provided for many homeowners and businesses by private security companies and even though we have a national police force, it certainly is no guarantee for a perfect solution. And it never will be! Life is all about choices and every individual knows that if you want to get through this life in one piece and come out successful at the other end, then there are going to be difficult choices to make sometimes. It’s not going to be any different in safety and security. We need to start changing our mindset. The problem is mostly that maybe we have become too domesticated for our own good. Start developing a keen sense of awareness and start practising this every day and it soon will be developed into a habit, and a good one at that. There will be less chance of you being caught off guard in the event of a dangerous situation developing. It’s never too late to start.
Awareness is the key to survival!
If we examine a lot of the house burglary cases that have recently occurred in our area, we see that over the years there were many cases in which homes were invaded by criminals where the alarms were not even armed at all. Imagine the horror of waking up the next morning to find the flat screen TV, laptop, cell phone and wallet all missing! To discover the following morning that Mr thief and his accomplices were standing around your bed (while you were fast asleep), they were surreptitiously helping themselves to your valuables! So far, we have only had a handful of instances where victims of crime were tied up and robbed but for the most part, most victims were blissfully unaware of the thieves’ presence. Where did it all go wrong? Have we really forgotten that it’s our responsibility as individuals to ensure our own safety? Have we forgotten about the concepts of situational awareness and developing good safety and security habits, and especially in this day and age of all times?
You need to become your own security officer!
Although there still has not been that magical money tree appearing with R200 notes in place of leaves, the reality of the matter is that implementing security measures is going to cost you and it’s still every person’s responsibility to ensure that they are as safe as they can be. People spend their fortunes on all sorts of creature comforts but at times don’t always take into consideration their security needs that are so necessary for contemporary society. It’s a reality that unfortunately the concept of security is usually last on the list for some people and only for them to ultimately fall victim to criminals and then ask the age-old questions: How or why did this happen to me?
With the advancements in technology there is definitely a solution for almost every kind of budget out there so why not contact your security service provider and get good sound advice? Remember, certain components of alarm systems don’t always have to be installed all at once and can be upgraded over time to get the best solution for your specific budget.
Make your security a priority!
In short, we all need to do what we can in order to keep ourselves as safe as possible. Remember that material items usually are insured and can in most cases be replaced, but human lives certainly cannot. Having said that…
Arm those alarms will you!
- W. Kruger (Public Relations Manager)
This is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your specialist for specific and detailed advice. (E&OE)