Besides insuring oneself, there are basic tips all South Africans can follow to reduce chances of being a victim of crime…
South Africans have been experiencing a spate of criminal activity over many years. However, over the past couple of months, there has been a marked increase in unfamiliar and novel crimes such as car jamming and a new trend called “apple picking”, which sees criminals target iPhone users in parking lots and restaurants. However, besides insuring oneself, there are basic tips all South Africans can follow to reduce chances of being a victim of crime.
According to recent statistics by Crimewatch, South Africa faced 20 680 armed robberies against businesses alone – a record high. This equates to 57 attacks per day. Crime statistics released by the SAPS (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017), also reveals an average of 146 common robberies taking place every day and 386 robberies with aggravating circumstances.
“This highlights the need for individuals to be attentive and to take precautions wherever possible. Furthermore, consumers need to ensure they have sufficient coverage should they fall victim to the many criminal trends, like ‘apple picking’ and remote-blocking,” explains Hannes Smith, Head of Collaboration at Old Mutual Insure.
The last place you want to find yourself in is a situation where you cannot replace a stolen item, especially something important like a cell phone. Insuring your items will enable you to claim and replace your lost property with relative ease.
Here are a few tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime:
“These are just a few hints and tips that we can incorporate into our everyday lives to increase our alertness and lower our risk,” concludes Smith.