Surviving South Africa

How are you surviving one of the world's most dangerous locations?

When you think about Surviving in South Africa, there are many interpretations that could be considered. How do we survive power-outages? Water shortages? Unemployment? Corruption? A failing economy? Crime?

We have known that South Africa is a dangerous country – for most of us – as long as we have been alive. We are fully aware that no matter where we are, whether in a public mall, driving far beyond the city to a holiday in the bush, or tucked away “safely” at home, there is always a security risk involved. We raise our children by saying “don’t leave my side”, “hold my hand”, “lock your doors”, “don’t talk to strangers,” and “come straight home!”. We often leave social gatherings saying, “I’d better go before it gets dark” or “let me follow you home”.

As horrible as it is, it is easy to get used to living in an environment with such high crime rates. It becomes a way of life to monitor every blind spot in your car at a traffic light, keep your valuables closely stashed away, and to turn on the alarm before bed. In fact, a top-selling point estate agents mention when selling a property includes access control, CCTV cameras, electric fencing, and armed guard patrols. When you live this life daily, it is easy to find it quite normal. The truth is, when we run the numbers and look at exactly where we rank compared to the rest of the world, it is quickly realised that we are living a far from “normal” life.

 

Online news portal, The South African even recently stated that “merely existing in South Africa is classed as an extreme sport”.

Stretching beyond the concerns we face in our personal lives, business security is also a significant concern. Several companies have been left with no choice but to retrench staff during tough times or may have had to implement salary cuts. The unfortunate decisions made have led to many organisations facing security risks from disgruntled employees returning to seek vengeance and “inside jobs” from staff members looking to make some extra cash. Their extensive knowledge of security procedures, stock holding, storage, and perhaps employer schedules make for an easy platform to plan break-in attacks or even smaller accounts of theft when nobody is watching. Empty or low vacancy premises due to staff working from home also means that there is less activity in and outside buildings and fewer eyes on entry points and valuables.

American analytics company Gallup recently released a poll that compared crime rates around the world. Released in November 2020, South Africa ranked as the 5th most dangerous country in the world. That’s 5th out of 144 nations surveyed.

To make matters worse, statistics website Numbeo carried out a study in January of 2021 to analyse the Crime Index by City and South Africa managed to bank six cities in the top 20, out of 395 cities surveyed.

You might be wondering exactly where these crime-ridden hotspots are. Let’s first put things into perspective:

“We consider crime levels lower than 20 as very low, crime levels between 20 and 40 as being low, crime levels between 40 and 60 as being moderate, crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high, and finally, crime levels higher than 80 as being very high,” – IOL.

Pretoria, which was rated the 3rd most dangerous city in the world, had a crime index of 81.94, Durban, ranked 4th had a crime index of 80.84, Johannesburg in fifth place scored an index of 80,65 and Pietermaritzburg, ranked seventh, scored 79.73. All of which fall into the category of “very high” crime levels.

One of the most significant issues identified with the people surveyed about how safe they felt in South Africa was that they mostly did not feel safe going out at night. Whether driving or walking and regardless of which area the participants were located, the fear of hijacking, robbery, murder, and rape was primarily expressed. Many individuals agree that owning a dashcam, tracker, pepper spray, or dangerous weapon is essential for daily life in South Africa.

“Stealing is a profession in South Africa. Get used to it. Hijacking, smash and grab, grab and run, armed robbery, and burglary are everyday events. Just position your mind to accept that these things can happen at any time so that when it does, you would have a good shock-absorbing mechanism in place that would save you the stress of ending up in hospital.” buzzsouthafrica.com

While that statement might be true, surviving goes beyond being mentally prepared. Part of our “normal” lives includes physical protection and having eyes everywhere. You not only need eyes on the back of your head but in your unoccupied or occupied home, at your business premises, on your car dashboard, in nature preservation parks, and anywhere else you might have valuables to track and people to protect. The good news is that since this is not a new state of danger we live in, we have been able to improve the technology used to provide security significantly.

Whether you would like to track surveillance from your cell phone, desktop, on-site, or off-site monitoring facilities, the options are endless and readily available. Automated security alerts trigger your response to make sure that you are able to take action as soon as a threat has been identified.

Tracking entry and exit activity and controlling access grants to particular individuals at particular times is easily achieved with biometrics and access control devices. Your power to maintain safety is easily increased by implementing systems as simple as boom access control and security spikes to the more advanced fingerprint and facial recognition devices.

 

Our product range includes a wide variety of CCTV cameras, time and attendance, and access control devices to keep you safe and alert.

For more information about the security devices we offer, visit our products page on the link below or email us at admin@wmds.co.za.