Crime rates in South Africa increase drastically over the festive season. Statistics show that murder and serious assault increase by as much as 50% during December each year, while incidents of burglary tend to increase by around 8%. House robberies often begin to increase in the months leading up to the festive season. It generally starts to show an increase in October, and continues to remain high throughout December, after which it eventually drops by approximately 11% in January.
In short, in order to avoid falling victim, you need to be on maximum alert throughout the Christmas holidays. Here are 3 important safety and security tips to keep in mind, courtesy of security guard services provider, RSS Security.
Lock Up – Always
Lock your car doors and wind up all windows even if you are just going to be away for a minute or two. Lock your security gates every time you enter your house even if you will be leaving or heading out into the garden shortly.
Avoid Going Out at Night
Opportunistic criminals will often wait for you to leave your house and strike while you are away. Most burglaries happen during the festive season when residents are out at night partying. Furthermore, hijackings are more common at night and in the early hours of the morning. Stay home if you really want to be on the safe side.
Unfortunately, the only way in which to reduce the chances of being affected by crime in our country is to always remain aware of your surroundings. Take note of anyone standing near your vehicle when you stop at a traffic light, and always look around before pulling into your driveway.
Here at RSS Security, we have made it our business to keep you safe throughout the holiday season and beyond. We are one of South Africa’s most trusted security guard companies specialising in manned guarding. Contact us today for more information on our residential and commercial security guard services in Johannesburg.