Do Not Become a Victim of Crime >> SECURITY TIPS
Crime is a pandemic that is fast taking over the world. With the recession in the world's economy; fraud, corruption, theft, falsehood and violent crime have become rampant.
In realizing that hurt people hurt others, one should understand that the chances of one becoming a victim of crime are no longer a mere possibility, but a reality. The purpose of these security tips is to educate UT Staff on how to close up some of the loopholes in their private lives that may enable potential criminals the opportunity to infiltrate.
Remember, a fort with weak cornerstones is no fort at all and a castle built on sand will come crumbling down in no time. Naivety is a thing of the past and society should rather be acquiring skills in risk management, strategic living (self defense) and be seeking wisdom above all. It is not my intention to raise fear amongst UT staff readers, but to rather give a practical defensive survival methodology.
- Protect your vulnerability. Vulnerability is beneficial as it keeps you connected with your 'humanness'.
- Don’t be careless with valuables. Keep valuables like expensive jewellery under lock and key when not in use.
- Be skeptical of your home-assistants. Try and use a reputable agency to locate these people. Conduct background checks on them. Many thefts and armed robberies, once investigated, point straight to the home-assistant.
- Break routine as much as possible. Suspecting criminals watch for routine in a potential victim’s lifestyle. The more information they have about the victim, the better. Try to not arrive at home or leave for work at exactly the same time every day. Also, avoid using the same routes so you are able to evade criminal surveillance.
- Build a reputation of integrity. Ensure you keep your life clean and pure at all times. Live above reproach. This way, nobody will be able to blackmail you, be successful in bribing you to protect information or correctly point fingers of blame at you. Guard your heart and reputation.
- Be aware of petty theft opportunities. The basics like holding tightly on to your handbag in public places, being aware of potential pickpockets, not flashing cash in public or not leaving your cell phone or handbag on the car seat next to you or in public view whilst driving always apply.
- Don’t easily entrust your personal possessions to another.
- Take advantage of neighbor-hood watch.
- Avoid walking alone at night or in potentially unsafe areas.
- Carefully choose the company you keep.
- Avoid allowing strangers into your home or closed living space.
- Spend a little extra money on home security.
- Be cautious with dangerous objects in your home.
- Keep a low profile as much as possible.