Farmer releases ‘defence strategy’ handbook

2017-12-29 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedSafety guru and author Craig Roseveare with his book.

PHOTO: suppliedSafety guru and author Craig Roseveare with his book.

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CRIME is a huge issue in South Africa with murder, robbery, hijacking, rape and burglaries, among others, being common occurrences.

Former KZN Riot Squad officer Craig Roseveare recently released a handbook titled Your Security in South Africa.

He said the bookoffers tactical strategies to sharpen personal security plans and outwit criminals’ minds.

“It teaches one how to study and how to psychologically read and negotiate with criminals in a robbery situation. It teaches them what to do when threatened with rape or hijacking and creates an understanding on how to use mirrors, security gates and the latest technology to survey and secure your home.

“This book is up to date and comprehensive, a guide on practical home and farm safety, offering 200 pages that enlightens even the most security savvy,” said Roseveare

Roseveare is from Highflats in Ixopo.

“I was prompted to write his book after a friend was attacked on his farm 20 minutes away from an ambulance and hospital services. It was fortunate his friends survived, however, not everybody does.”

He said he realised how a book of this nature could literally save a life and that it is important for citizens to know how to keep criminals out and negotiate with them if they breach a home’s security barriers.

Roseveare is also victim of criminal attacks.

“In my life I have been attacked several times, fortunately, I have managed to thwart it thus far.

“We need to realise it’s up to us, everyone of us as citizens. It’s about sharpening our personal security, making sure we have adequately analysed our properties security weaknesses, and fixed them.

Roseveare’s book also highlights what victims do wrong or right in the moment.

He said a little paranoia leads to a longer life. It’s crucial that people know how to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime.

“Chance favours the prepared,” said Roseveare.

Roeseveare’s book can be found on,,, Authorhouse UK and is also available in e-book format via Google books.

Some of the tips in the book:

• Don’t keep valuables near open windows, especially when sleeping.

• Ensure all doors are locked and alarms are set.

• Don’t leave tools and garden appliances laying about as these could be used to break into the home, rather lock them away when not in use.

• If you are hosting a party or event at your home, lock down certain areas of your house to minimize surprise attack approaches.

• If you are on holiday over the festive season, be extra vigilant, don’t drop your guard, this season can be likened to “cherry picking season” for criminals, who anticipate that people will be less security conscious.


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