“Together we stand, divided we fall”

2015-11-04 06:00

THIS is a very well known and widely-used saying which can be applied to many situations, and this includes the fight against crime.

Crime affects everyone; it transcends all cultural, racial, and class barriers. And if South Africans ever hope to have a chance of ridding their country of this scourge, they need to stand together.

This is according to Nico Potgieter, head of investigations at Enforce Security.

Potgieter said South Africans also have to look out for those around them.

To start off with, he said, people need to become more vigilant and take better precautions.

“We are still continually seeing cases of suspects entering homes through open or unlocked doors and windows. People are also not in the habit of arming their alarm systems. They invest in them but then do not arm them at night or when they leave their homes. In the same way, business owners need to put better security measures in place to make entry and exit into and out of their properties more difficult.”

Potgieter said people also need to report crime to the SAPS and their security companies, even if it is only attempted crime or perceived by them to be insignificant or petty incidents. Even though some incidents may not be that serious, those committing them could take the severity “up a notch” the next time. He added that any information from residents can also have a big impact on Enforce’s investigations.

“Residents can make a big difference to our investigations just by reporting any activity they find suspicious. This could be suspicious vehicles or people.”

Residents also need to get involved in their own community safety by joining neighbourhood watches and embarking on patrols. Do you have a crime or security question? Email Enforce Security at questions@enforce.co.za if you would like expert advice. Our responses to your questions could not only help you, but others in your community.

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