Crime prevention starts with you

2019-08-06 06:00

It is a sad story of a Ukrainian tourist killed by predator criminals on our tourist trails in, around and on our mountain and its slopes. We cannot hope that Cape Town is a tourist paradise, not with the crime statistics reported. This tells the world it’s a crime capital. This is not only the case here.

The world is plauged by crime. It is infectious because there are victims and valuables, and that to the criminal is finance.

In plain English it is money gained illegally to make the world go round. Let me share my thoughts on this subject – keeping in mind my 30 years service as a operational commander in the South African Police in Table Bay Harbour.

Firstly, the police cannot and will not be everywhere. Secondly, we must respect and acknowledge the security officer as a policeman as their presence prevents crime. Thirdly, respect also and acknowledge the car guard whose uniformed presence also prevents crime. They are all policing to prevent crime. But the most important policing partner in the fight against crime is you.

Yes, you and I. we must become crime preventers in our homes, on the street and in our vehicles. We must do crime prevention strategies to protect ourselves and of course our families.

I suggest that persons with security training and licenced firearms form tourist safety tours on and in our trails, forests and mountains to escort these tourists.

Keith Blake, Ottery

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