Important Road Safety Tips Cyclists Can Make Use Of Ahead of the 947 Ride Joburg Event

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The beautiful South African scenery allows for much enjoyment on the road and the number of competitive cyclists is also on the increase.

Discovery 947 Ride Joburg is taking place on Sunday, 17 November at Riversands Commercial Park.

However, cycling safety has become a major concern on South African roads as there has been a significant increase in the number of fatal accidents involving cyclists.

What are the problems facing cyclists in traffic?

Vulnerability: Cyclists pose little threat to drivers and hence drivers have less reason to be aware of them. Speed is key in determining severity of outcome. If collision speed exceeds 45km/hour, there is a less than 50% chance that the cyclist will survive. Even at low impact speed, cyclists can be badly injured. Helmets offer protection but helmet use varies by age, gender and location. Speed management is therefore crucial in a safe traffic system aiming to provide for vulnerable road users.

Watch out for surface conditions like pot-holes and debris.

Never ride your bike through puddles, there may be hazards hidden beneath the water that you can’t see.

Strength in Numbers

It is important to recognize that there is strength to be found in numbers. Do not go on the road alone and rather find a regular partner able to keep up with your training schedule. This will be very important especially in the event of an emergency.

Inform friends and family when you will be cycling, the road you will be cycling on and when you can be expected to return. Carry a fully charged cellular phone with you so you can request assistance in the event of an emergency.

Equipment and Clothing

Ensure your bike is in good repair.

Always wear cycle helmets to prevent head injuries. Head injuries cause a high percentage of all cycling deaths – much of which can be prevented by wearing a helmet.

Replace any damaged helmets for maximum protection. Helmets must fit properly to be safe. When the straps and comfort pads are adjusted, the helmet should not move forward, backward, or come off. It should sit level on the head and extend down to about two fingers (3 cm) above the eyebrows. Chin straps should be snug without pinching, and the front and rear straps should meet just below each ear when tightly adjusted.

Helmets only work once. If a helmet has been in a collision that required the inner lining to absorb shock, buy another one! Even though the damage may not be visible, the shock absorbing qualities may have decreased.

Wear eyewear to protect eyes from dirt, wind and bugs.

Wear reflective and fluorescent clothing suitable for the weather and time of day that will help other road users to see you.

On hot summer days, wear sunscreen and bring water to prevent dehydration.

Local Crime Fighter Killed In Horrific Car Accident – “Broken Pieces Can Be Amended, But A Fallen Hero Cannot Be Replaced”

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A South African Police Service (SAPS) officer died after he was involved in a horrific motor vehicle accident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It was reported that the officer lost control of his personal vehicle while travelling on the M1 South near Booysens and crashed while taking the turn off.

Seargeant Rubzani V Maluvhele was stationed at the Norwood Police Station.

Spokesperson Sergeant Edzisani Eric Masotsha told Vision Tactical that the sudden death of Seargeant Maluvhele is a huge loss, not only to Norwood Police Station but the entire community.

“The entire Norwood SAPS is suddenly heartbroken by the untimely death of Seargeant Maluvhele, broken pieces can be amended, but we can’t replace a fallen hero.”

Seargeant Masotsha says that his colleagues will miss the presence of Seargeant Maluvhele and that his dedication in upholding the mandate of the police service was unmatched.

“His hardwork, his smile and friendship. His commitment either at work or to the community, as we always seek to help each other, he was a people’s person irrespective of age.

Seargeant Masotsha adds that Seargent Maluvhele could be placed  in any department within the police station, proving that he was able to complete whichever task he was appointed to.

Director of Vision Tactical, Yaseen Theba says that he remembers Seargeant Maluvhele as a humble and dignified officer, who always implemented the rule of law.

“Working very closely with the Norwood Police Station, we were able to interact with Seargeant Maluvhele on a regular basis, his dedication in fighting crime and lawlessness was admirable, and his tragic death has shocked us all.”

Theba adds that Seargeant Maluvhele was in the forefront of arranging integrated and joint crime prevention operations on a regular basis.

“Seargeant Maluvhele always coordinated the operational plans for the joint ops, which yielded great results for the precinct in the fight against crime.”

Theba passed on his heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Seargeant Maluvhele.

Funeral and memorial details will be updated as soon as it’s received from Norwood Police Station*

 

Six Armed Suspects Rob Kingsley Depot In Laudium

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An armed robbery incident occurred at the Kingsley Depot in Laudium on Monday morning.

It’s believed that six armed suspects entered the premises, robbed employees and fled the scene with two cell phones and the owner’s BMW.

Private Security Company Vision Tactical dispatched its Intervention Unit to the scene immediately upon notification and arrived on scene within 3 minutes.

The company’s Director, Yaseen Theba said that the BMW vehicle stolen in the robbery was successfully recovered in Atteridgeville, however no suspects were apprehended.

“The vehicle’s tracking unit was activated and subsequently recovered by Vision Tactical officers, local police reservists and CPF members in Atteridgeville after it was abandoned by the armed suspects.”

The victim has since opened a case of robbery and theft of a motor vehicle at the Laudium Police Station and the incident is being investigated by local police.

The vehicle was transported to the Pretoria Westpound for safekeeping.


 

Vision Tactical Officers Receive Top Honours at Private Security Industry Crime Prevention Awards

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The Private Security Industry Bravery and Crime Prevention Awards in conjunction with SASA, SANSEA, TAPSOSA and supported by PSiRA took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Tuesday night.

The Awards ceremony recognized those individuals who went beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the prevention of crime.

In attendance were key industry organisations, private security companies and various dignitaries from government including the Ministry of Police, PSIRA and SAPS.

Three Vision Tactical Officers received the prestigious Private Security Industry Bravery Awards in the category of ”Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty”;

🏆 Boloka Rudolf Diale
🏆 Razine Dayne Naidoo
🏆 Salmaan Moosa Seedat

The keynote address was delivered by Deputy Minister of Police Honourable Cassel Mathale.

Mathale said that the role private security plays in keeping communities safe cannot be undermined.

“We are here tonight to express our appreciation for the work that each and every security officer is doing.”

Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba says that the award is testament to the tremendous efforts and sacrifices made by the officers in the line of duty.

“We would like to commend each and every officer in the team for continually going above and beyond the call of duty to keep our communities safe, receiving these prestigious awards proves that what we are doing does not go unnoticed.”

At the same time, the Private Security Industry Authorities Council Member Mr Methews Oliphant says he hopes that the Private Security Industry can strengthen its relationship with the South African Police Service.

“The Regulator will also be expanding, making it easier for individuals in the security industry to access services in various locations”.

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Standby For A Festive Season Crime Spike, Be Vigilant & Take Precaution

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Violent crimes that South Africans fear most such as murder, attempted murder and robbery have increases dramatically every year. And the bad news is that cases of armed robberies, burglaries, murder, attempted murder and serious assault tend to increase markedly over the festive season.

According to the South African Police Service, the year to 31 March, 2019 saw increases in all contact crimes, including murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, common assault, common robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Reports of sexual offences saw the highest increase at 4.6% while robbery with aggravating circumstances increased the least, at 1.2%.

Over the last year, 21,002 people were murdered across the country, up by 686 from 2017/18. The most common cause of murder was misunderstandings/arguments, followed by domestic violence and gang-related killings.

Incidents of murder decreased between 2009 and 2012 from 18,084 to 15,554 but have continued to rise in the last six years. Attempted murder increased by 4.1% in 2018/19.

Vision Tactical Director Yaseen Theba says that there’s a number of reasons why crime rates increase over the festive season.

“More people consume more alcohol and recreational drugs. Research conducted by the South African Police Service (SAPS) shows that most cases of violence occur when acquaintances, friends or family members have arguments that spiral out of control, especially when people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In many cases, nightclubs, taverns, shebeens and private homes of victims or perpetrators become crime scenes.”

Theba adds that many of these crimes are opportunistic.

“In the case of house burglaries, the opportunity is greater when people are away at work or on holiday. House robberies are also more likely to occur over the summer holidays when people tend to let their guard down and spend more time outside with their doors open.”

Although the available data allows inferences to be drawn about why crime spikes over the festive season, there are no accurate statistics to properly explain the trend.

We do know what the year-on-year crime statistics are for the various police station precincts because these are published annually on the SAPS website.

Central business districts are usually the most high-risk areas in the country. These are areas like central Johannesburg and central Pretoria.

But many businesses close during the festive season and many households visit holiday destinations. This means that many of the high-risk areas may become low risk, and areas that are “sleepy hollows” most of the year may become more high risk over the December holiday period.

Theba has urged that during the festive season, holidaymakers, visitors and those staying at home should remain vigilant.

It is a good idea to discuss the neighbourhood crime situation with the local police, private security companies and community policing structures.

Only through greater community involvement can stronger local support structures be built.

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Email: info@visiontactical.co.za

Phone: 074 772 333 3