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Would your Neighbour Burgle you?

Who is in a better position to observe your daily habits? Who has a front-row seat to your comings and goings? Who is most likely to watch you as you load your luggage into the car and pull away for a vacation?

Are you absolutely certain that neighbour burglary can’t happen to you?
Unless homeless, all burglars have neighbours. Some of these criminals even live in decent neighbourhoods where they also have regular jobs and families who love them.
Neighbour burglary happens because people who are the most familiar to us are also the ones we least expect to steal from us. Burglars living next door to their victims count on this. See, most of us think of criminal perpetrators as “outsiders”, but that’s not always the case, so keep this in mind when it comes to your own home security strategies.
To be on the safe side, we suggest you install an alarm system and have it professionally monitored so that you are alerted the moment your alarm is triggered and install surveillance cameras in and …

The Facts about Pepper Spray

As crime continues to escalate, people need to know how to protect themselves.
A lot of people are wary of getting a firearm and some simply cannot afford a fancy security system that is why a lot of people are considering pepper spray.
Before you run out to get yourself a can of pepper spray, read these facts about pepper spray...
-- You can’t rely 100% on pepper spray or mace for self-defence against a violent criminal.
-- You need to check with your law enforcement if there are any restrictions before you buy pepper spray.
-- Pepper spray should ALWAYS be kept away from children.
-- Check the expiry date on a regular basis to make sure that there are no slow leaks that could cause a loss of pressure.
-- You need to shake your pepper spray on a regular basis to keep the chemicals effective.
-- Never expose the pepper spray to extreme heat or cold.
-- A criminal must always be within range if you want the pepper spray to be completely effective.
-- Remember that is you use your pepper spra…

How can you make your Neighbourhood a Safer Place?

Gone are the days when all the neighbourhood kids played kick the can in the middle of the street. Whether you blame it on paranoid parents or uninterested children, one thing is for sure – many neighbourhoods today are lacking that close-knit feeling.

Neighbourhood safety is a team effort, but it starts with you! What can you do to make your neighbourhood a safer place?

Here are 5 simple tips to keep in mind:

Know Your Neighbours

This is very important. You need to know whether they work during the day and whether they have children. Do you live next to an old couple that stays home, is there a teenage driver in the family or are there small children you need to look out for. Knowing all these things helps you be aware of who is in your neighbourhood and what could be suspicious activity.

Always have a way to reach your neighbours if they’re gone and something doesn’t seem right in the neighbourhood. It might even be a good idea to develop a neighbourhood calling tree.

Be cautious When Lea…

How Criminals get over your Electrical Fencing

In South Africa you’ll notice that a lot of home and business owner have installed electrical fencing to keep criminals out. However, even electric fences have certain weaknesses that criminals have figured out!

Some criminals are smart and crafty, so they’ve learnt that if an electric fence does not make that clicking sound – it’s probably off! Or if certain wires are loose, then it’s probably broken.
In South Africa, criminals are known to use a method of hitting an insulator off the bracket, or hitting the wires with a piece of wood to try and break the wires. Once they’ve tested out the electric fence, they’ll sit and wait for a response, if there is no response – they’ll make their move.
Another popular method is throwing a piece of rubber or a rubber mat over the electric fence in order to climb over safely. However, this method may trigger the alarm if it is a properly installed fence.
Any kind of weak electric fencing design makes it possible for burglars to bend the fence, and t…

What to do when a Hostile Intruder is in your Home

If you are ever in a situation where a hostile intruder threatens your personal safety or the safety of your loved in your home – follow this easy guide.
RUN when a shooter is in your vicinity
     ·If you can find a safe escape route, then it is best to evacuate      ·Leave your belongings behind, your life is more important      ·Help others to escape      ·Press the emergency SOS button on your PatrolMan app      ·Call the police immediately after for help
HIDE if you can’t evacuate
     ·Find a place to hide that is out of the shooters view      ·Choose a place that provides protection if any shots are fired      ·Hide someone that does not restrict your movements or options to escape      ·Always silence your phone and turn off any lights
FIGHT only as a last resort
     ·Try to incapacitate the shooter      ·Improvise weapons ·Act with physical aggression and confidence      ·Commit to your actions and RUN once the intruder is incapacitated

What to do if an Intruder is in your Home

Every year millions of burglaries happen in South Africa, as well as all over the world. And almost all of these burglaries occur in normal residential homes!

While you can take all the necessary steps to prevent a break-in, there is still a chance that you may be a victim, so here’s what you need to do if you ever wake up with an intruder in your home.
Confirm that there really is someone in your home. Sometimes it is possible for your imagination to run wild! Whatever the case is, if you wake up and suspect that there really is an intruder – stop, take a deep breath and listen carefully. If you can distinguish strange sounds like footsteps, breaking glass and doors opening, then you can confirm that there really is someone in your home.
Don’t move!It might be tempting for you to run out of your room with a Taser, baseball bat or a gun, but doing this can really endanger your life. Rather choose flight instead of flight because you don’t know if the burglar is there to simply steal you…

How to Prevent Remote Car Jamming

Car jamming is a serious reality in South Africa, whether you are parked in a secure mall parking lot, at the garage or even just outside your home. This is why making sure your car is locked properly is vital to ensure you do not become the next victim.
But how does remote car jamming work?
When you leave your car and “lock it”, the criminal who has targeted your vehicle will use another remote control to override the locking system – as a result you will walk away without realising your car is still unlocked and the alarm is off.
There is an upside though, remote car jamming is easy to prevent – all you have to be is attentive! Make sure when you press the button to lock your car that you hear the beep and see that the locks are clicked into place. It is even a good idea to check your car handles to make sure the doors don’t open. You may feel like it is an inconvenience to do these checks, but a few seconds of your time can save you money and a lot of heartache.
 Follow these few simpl…

Gun Safety for Children

It is vital that we ALWAYS take precautions when children are in an area where guns may be present. And the facts are that one third of households with young children have a gun in the home.

Here are our top gun safety tips…
Storage Safety
      1.Keep all guns in a locked location, unloaded and out of reach
      2.Store all ammunition separately from guns in a locked location, out of reach of children
      3.Make sure keys to safes are hidden and the combinations are changed on a regular basis
      4.If you need to take your gun out, make sure it is in your line of sight
      5.All guns need to be equipped with effective, child-proof gun locks
      6.If any of your visitors have a gun, ensure you provide them with a locked place to hold it
      7.NEVER leave your gun on a nightstand, table or place where a child can reach it – this can lead to injuries and fatalities
Talk to your Kids
      1.Explain to your children that their toy gun or the gun they see in a movie or video game is not …

Is Illegal Drug Activity Happening in your Rental Property?

You can’t control every single thing that happens inside the property you are renting out, however you can do something to reduce the chances of renting to tenants who take part in illegal activities.
If you spot any of the warning signs – do not put it off! You need to take action before their illegal activities affect you…
Be aware of these red flags:
* Frequent traffic of people and cars in and out of the premises. Have you noticed that your tenants always have frequent visitors; however they only stay for a short period of time? They may just have a large social circle OR this can be a sign of drug dealing.
* Strange Odours. Manufacturing drugs can cause a weird smell. Have the people next door mentioned unusual ammonia odours or the smell of marijuana smoke?
* High electricity & water usage. Growing marijuana or manufacturing illegal substances usually involved more electricity and water use, which results in a higher bill. Check the bill for sudden spikes if you think there may b…

8 South African Road Safety Tips for Foreigners

Staying safe and sound on the road can be daunting, for locals that are driving and even more so for foreigners using the roads.
Stay safe in South Africa, whether you're driving or not - download the PatrolMan app and keep up to date with the latest crime stats in the area, as well as use the SOS button if you're ever in an emergency situation!
Learn how to navigate the South African roads safely with these 8 road safety tips…
       -Always have a valid driver’s license with you. Any traffic officer who pulls your over will ask for your license, no matter which country you are from. So, always make sure you carry one with you, as well as an International Driver’s Permit – in English!
      -Remember that the rules of the road may be different. If you’re from a country that has left hand drive cars and you travel on the right side of the road, then be careful! It can be tricky at first to get it right on the other side of the road. Also keep in mind that distance and speed is me…

Make sure your Car doesn’t get broken into with these simple steps…

Vehicle theft seems to increase more and more every year, but why have these incidents happened? Well, more and more items are being left out in plain sight inside vehicles for potential thieves to see!
If possible, always make sure that you park your car inside a garage or behind a gate. Should this not be possible, then you need to make sure that anything of value is not left inside your vehicle.
You never know who is watching and waiting, so if you have to leave things inside your vehicle then make sure they are locked safely in your boot before you park your car.
Here’s how to secure your car properly…
  ØTry your best to keep your vehicle in good working condition so you don’t have to deal with breakdowns – this makes you vulnerable to attack!
  ØYour vehicle should have a petrol tank cap that locks and secures properly.
  ØIt is best to get an alarm system or immobilizer for your vehicle.
  ØIf possible, get a gear lock or steering lock – this may seem old school, but it works!
Try your …

The Pros and Cons of using Fake Security Signs

You may have seen a few fake security signs in your neighbour’s yard and wondered to yourself – do these actually work to deter criminals from breaking in?

Let’s start with the good news; there are a few benefits of having fake security signs…
      ·It is so much cheaper to purchase fake security signs than to actually buy an entire home security system.
      ·Slapping a few fake stickers and signs on your doors and windows takes basically no time at all.
      ·This method can actually work, but it all depends on the type of burglars and how serious they are about breaking in. Faking it is sometimes enough to scare away possible intruders.
You get what you paid for, so faking a security system could possibly backfire, so maybe think twice about fake security signs.
      ·A lot of fake security signs look unconvincing, so if you’re going down this route make sure they actually look real.
      ·Clever thieves will Google your security company to make sure they actually exist, …

Driveway Safety for Children

A young child’s behaviour is often unpredictable; this is why it is vital to always expect the unexpected!
Always remember that your children are at risk of being injured by vehicles in your very own driveway – a familiar, home environment. But it is a fact that so many children are killed or injured in their own driveway by vehicles driven by a loved one.

Here are some driveway safety tips and facts that you need to know…
> Children run over in their own driveway or usually under the age of three
> Drivers are usually parents, family members or friends who were unaware that the child was in the driveway

> The vehicles involved are usually moving slowly or reversing

Your responsibility as a parent or an adult is to – Hold their hand or keep them close!

Why are children so vulnerable to injury on driveways?
1. They are small and hard to see
2. They are often unpredictable and may run off without parents realising
3. They do not know the dangers of running behind or in front of a mo…

What Should I do if I Witnessed a Car Accident?

You’re on your way home from work, a car speeds past you and moments later that same vehicle is involved in a sudden accident.
You’ve witnessed an accident, so what do you do now?
You left the scene.
Do not panic, there is no legal obligation for you to stay if you simply witnessed the car accident; however it is the right thing for you to do. In some situations, there may be no witnesses around except you, meaning you may have to call the emergency personnel for help. If you are a witness to a car accident in the future, then your support can be beneficial to the people involved.
You stayed on the scene. So you made the right decision and stayed on the scene to help! Here are some things you need to do to avoid getting hurt yourself:
-Drive until you can find a safe spot to pull over and get out of your car. Don’t cause another accident trying to help the victims of the first accident!
      -Call the ambulance, emergency personnel or push the SOS button on the PatrolMan app to summon he…

A Guide to Road Safety for Children – Before you Hit the Road

There are millions of vehicles on the road and each year the number increases. With more vehicles on the road, it is only wise to do everything you can to stay safe, especially when you have precious cargo on-board.

Whether you are simply driving your child to school or taking a long road trip along the coast, driving with children in the car adds extra responsibility and anxiety to your drive.
Take a look through our road safety guide for children and put those worries aside…
The best way to stay safe is to always be prepared! This means ensuring that your car is 100% road worthy with an up-to-date license and all the correct paperwork. Start with the right know-how as well as the right tools for the job and it’ll make your trip easier and safer.
Know the Correct Laws –From tiny tots to older kids, your child will have to sit in a booster seat with special child restraints, otherwise they’ll have to be strapped in properly to the appropriate car seat. Learn the laws and be prepared with…

How do you Secure your Home Properly from Intruders?

Most of us are on a tight budget these days, but we still have to make sure that all our bases are covered when it comes to securing our home.

Here’s a list of the most basic security measures that even people on a budget can afford to get…
Having good lighting is the cheapest security measure that you can fit in and outside your home. Make sure to check that your lights are working on a regular basis and install them in dangerous areas such as by the front door, windows, walls and any other dark spots.
2. Burglar Bars
You might think that burglar bars look really ugly on your home, but they are a necessity – especially in South Africa! If you don’t like the steel bar ones, install InvisiBars or a similar product that can’t be seen.
3. Alarm System
An alarm system is easy to set up and many are affordable for many different budgets. Majority of break-ins happen during the day when it is quiet and most people are at work, so don’t give an intruder the luxury of time and privacy – …

Teaching your Child to Cross the Road Safely

We all know that crossing the road can be really dangerous, that is why it is so important to teach your child how to cross the road safely…

Follow these safety tips to help teach your little one to cross the road safely.
- Hold Hands
Holding a grown-ups hand is vital, and children need to understand this! Holding hands ensures that your child does not run off or get distracted. If you are pushing a pram, etc. make sure they hold onto it instead.
- Use the Green Cross Code
Focus on these important steps when your children are crossing the road:
       1.Find a safe place to cross        2.Stop at the curb        3.Always look right, left and then right again        4.If the road is clear, cross over but NEVER run!        5.Keep looking out for approaching traffic as you cross

- ONLY cross at these specific places...
1. Zebra crossings
2. Pedestrian crossings 3. A child crossing with a crossing guard
A lot of children, who get hurt crossing the road, say that they did not stop or did not even…