Your Security 
Whose Responsibility Is It?

Your Security - Whose Responsibility Is It? This is a divisive question and the sooner you decide, the better. In general, we tend to think that the government is responsible for therefore and, in the perfect world, it should be. The question is, is this a perfect world?

There is just no way that we can expect the Police to provide all our safety needs, that is Personally, as a Community or as a Business. We need to incorporate security planning and awareness into our daily routine. It must be a natural part of our lives and we dare not shy from it.


Community Security

Every community has it's own priorities for the Police. This determines how Police carry out their policing duties. For example, in Hillbrow in South Africa, the Policing priorities will vastly different from those of  an urban area of say, Pretoria Gardens. Violent Crime, Prostitution and Hijacking are an almost daily occurrence in Hillbrow and will demand most of the police resources, as apposed to theft or traffic offences which would probably be described as petty crime the area. 



In a Province like Gauteng, South Africa, the occurrence of the crime of Hijacking is so high that there is an official traffic warning sign to warn divers of hijacking danger spots. In these areas, the local police will assign more resources to the combating of Hi-jacking. 


Now look at a rural Farming area. in these areas the incidence of stock theft is very high, but hi-jacking is relatively unheard of. The community's priority for the Police will be the combating of Stock Theft. The Police resources well therefore be directed to the combating of stock theft.

Business Secuirty

It is one of the least considered aspects of a business. It is considered an expense or an necessary evil that one has to put up with. With mom-and-pop type operations and small businesses, it is generally not even considered yet they get robbed as often as larger businesses.

Just as big business plans for security and disaster management, so too should the small business. Imagine walking into the business in the morning and finding that you have no stock. Could you recover from that, to have sufficient insurance or do you carry a lot of the insurance risk yourself?

No matter how small your businesses. It is imperative that you have a plan. You need to do a full assessment to understand your current situation and a plan of what you need to do to get the premises secure. Your plan should be divided up into what is absolutely necessary in the short term, what needs to be done in the medium-term and what needs to be attended to in the long-term.

Securing for a small business does not have to cost an arm and a leg. With the basic protection and systems in place, being aware of your surroundings and the risks can give you a reasonable amount of protection without breaking the bank.

When dealing with service providers, one must also be aware that they are in it for business and that they will endeavor to sell you, not always  the best product, but the most expensive, in order to up-sell you to make more profit, after all, isn't that what we are all trying to do, to get more money for each sale.

Make an assessment of what your needs are and what would be the minimum that you would require for your security then ask the companies to quote on that. Consider any advice that is offered but evaluate. Don't purchase for the sake of having the biggest and best. That is what breaks the bank.

You need to look at some of the following options when considering your security:

  • the area in which businesses situated.
  • Ease of access to the business.
  • Access control to the business.
  • Burglar bars and Burglar doors.
  • Burglar alarms.
  • Armed response.
  • If you have a yard, look at the perimeter, how secure is it?
  • Guards, are they necessary.
  • if you transport product, who checks invoices or delivery notes against picking lists and what went out on the truck?
  • CCTV cameras what other benefits?
  • who will monitor the CCTV?
  • what is the risk to your business when used product or stock is returned?
  • Is the cost  worth the risk when compared to the possible cost of losses.

Never secure just for the sake of securing. Evaluate your risk and secure appropriately. Never put lives at risk but also, don't throw money away.

Personal Security

.....No, not the men in black stuff. That is a subject for another place, another time. I am talking about your and your families safety at home, at play, in the car or anywhere for that matter. How safe are you in your home, your car, visiting friends or out shopping etc.?

Being safe at home is not about having high electric fences, big dogs and a gun in the safe (which you cannot get to because the key is on the car key-ring and hubby is out!). Being safe is a mind set that you need to develop NOW and you need to be conscious of it at all times. 

Do your doors and windows look like this? Feel safe at night, securely tucked in? And so you should be....but don't become complacent. Security doors and burglar bars are not impregnable. There is nothing that a little bottle jack that you use to change a flat tire  won't sort out. Your gates and bars are only one line of defense and, without you being aware of what is going on around you, they are relatively ineffective.  

We are ultimately responsible for our own security. We rely on the Government, the Police & Security Companies, but we have no control over any of it. If the government cut the number of policemen in an area, the police can no longer provide the security that they are expected to.

As for security companies, these are moneymaking institutions, a business. They are there to make money. As manpower and fuel are some of their largest expenses, this is surely where they will try and limit expenses. As for a burglar bars, and our burglar doors, while we're sitting watching TV in the lounge, the criminals happily use a bottle jack to force open the bars and gain entry.

This does not mean that you need to stand guard at the front door all night. being aware of your surroundings and taking sound precautions will certainly go a long way to improving your safety. Now while not everybody is a specialist, we can certainly get help, click on the Internet, ask a specialist or find out from your police station what crimes are prevalent in your area. Knowing what's happening in your community can certainly help to prepare and maintain your safety.

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