Here’s Where And When You Are Most Likely To Be Hijacked In South Africa

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Tracker has published its vehicle crime statistics for July to December 2019, showing an 18% decrease in the number of theft and hijackings reported nationally during December.

The group said that this trend is consistent with year-on-year data, with an 18% decrease seen in December 2018 and a 21% decrease in December 2017.

Tracker’s most recent data indicates that most vehicles are hijacked or stolen on a Saturday. This is followed by Thursday and Friday for hijackings and theft respectively.

Most hijackings are reported between 20h00 and 21h00 followed by 12h00 and 14h00, on any day of the week, while theft of a vehicle is reported between 11h00 and 14h00.

Gauteng has the highest percentage of vehicle-related crime (54%), with hijackings prevalent in Johannesburg and theft mainly occurring in Pretoria.

This is followed by KwaZulu-Natal with Durban in the top spot for both hijackings and theft, and the Western Cape with hijackings mainly occurring in Khayelitsha while theft is highest in Cape Town.

Further theft and hijacking hotspots include eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, Ibhayi in the Eastern Cape, Rustenburg in the North West, Polokwane in Limpopo and Bloemfontein in the Free State.

While the Northern Cape has less than 1% of the total activations, hijackings are primarily reported in Postmasburg and theft in Kimberley.

South Africa Beefs Up Airport Security To Detect Coronavirus

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The National Health Department says while there is no cause for panic with the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus in China, it has beefed up surveillance at the country’s ports of entry.

“South Africans are assured that measures are in place to detect, manage and contain any cases of Novel Coronavirus should it come to our shores.

“So far, there are no suspected cases reported. However, due to the current risk of importation of inadvertent cases of 2019-nCoV from Wuhan City – China, Port Health authorities have enhanced surveillance of all travellers from Asia, especially China,” said Health spokesperson Popo Maja.

Fortunately, OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports are the only Ports of entry with direct flights from Asia.

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) China office reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.

The cause was confirmed as a Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Symptoms include fever and a cough with a few patients presenting with difficulty in breathing and bilateral infiltrates on chest X-rays.

As of the 21 January 2020, 270 cases were confirmed including at least four deaths in Wuhan City in China.

In a bid to keep the virus at bay, South Africa has developed and distributed clinical guidelines and case definitions to doctors and nurses in both the public and the private sectors. These include information on how to diagnosis and respond to a possible 2019-nCoV case.

“Provinces have activated outbreak response teams and are on high alert to detect and manage inadvertent cases that may arrive in the country,” said Maja.

No restrictions on travel to China

Based on currently available information, the World Health Organisation has not recommended any restriction of travel or trade.

“However, the department advises travellers to Wuhan should avoid contact with animals and are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette in order to reduce the risk of infection with respiratory viruses,” said Maja.

The Health Department also urged the following precautionary measures:

  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  • Practice frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  • Avoid visiting markets where live animals are sold.
  • Travelers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing and wash hands).

Health practitioners should provide travellers with information to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections, via travel health clinics, travel agencies, conveyance operators and at points of entry.

In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness before, during or after travel, the department advised travellers to seek medical attention and share travel history with their healthcare provider.

What South Africans Need To Know About The Coronavirus

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Provinces across South Africa have activated outbreak response teams and are on high alert to detect and manage inadvertent #Coronavirus cases that may arrive in the country.

There are currently no restrictions on travel to #China but the department of health advises travellers to #Wuhan to avoid contact with animals, and encourages good hand hygiene and cough etiquette to reduce the risk of infection with respiratory viruses.

#SouthAfrica has in place fever screening at ports of entry, and guidance documents including case definitions. Staff at ports have been given information on what to do should a suspected case be identified.

⚠️ HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF ⚠️

Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if the former isn’t available.

You should also steer clear of people who are sick and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Also disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.

If you’re traveling, especially to China, stay away from animal markets and products that come from animals.

Cellphone Theft Incidents On The Rise, How Not To Become A Victim

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The weekend always proves to be busier periods for our security guards & supervisors… which is why additional deployments are made to hotspot and busier areas during this time!

Vision Tactical have noticed an increase in incidents where cellphones were stolen from pedestrians or those in public, here’s a few tips to prevent cellphone theft:

➡️Conceal your cellphone when you are in a public place.

➡️Never leave your cellphone unattended.

➡️Don’t leave cellphones lying on a seat in your car.

➡️Never leave your cellphone unattended in your office.

➡️If you are forced to leave your cellphone in a bag at, for example, a sporting event, put your phone on silent so that it will not attract any attention from passers-by.

➡️When you are in a public place only answer your cellphone when it is safe to do so.

➡️Avoid getting tricked into lending your cellphone to someone who wants to make a call.

⚠️ If your cellphone is lost or stolen…

⚠️ Report the stolen device to your service provider when you are able to do so.

Safety Tips Around Campus For New & Returning Students

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Campus life is a great experience for most students.

For many, it is the first time away from home and living on their own.  Universities should be a safe place where students can study and make friends without fear for their safety.

However, safety measures must always be taken even in the most secure of environments.

Here are some tips to help keep you and your friends as safe as possible during the academic year

1. Lock All Doors

The Res may feel like a safe place because students are surrounded by friends.  However, that does not mean you or your valuables are ever completely secure. If there is a communal bathroom, lock your room door as you come and go so there are no surprises awaiting you when you get back. Doors should be locked when awake and when sleeping. If someone wants to steal or intrude on your privacy, an unlocked door makes it that much easier.

2. Call Campus Security

Most campuses have patrol cars driving around campus.  If you are at a party and your friends have left, do not be shy about calling campus security for a secure ride back to Res even if it’s just a five minute walk.

3. Have A Plan

It’s always good to let someone know your plans so if you do not come home when expected, someone can call for help.  If you have a close friend or sibling, you can put the find your friends app on both your phones to track each other should you need to.

4. Avoid Being Distracted

When you are texting, you are not paying attention to what is going on around you.  You may not notice the people around you or a car coming in your direction.

8. Be Cautious With Trust

Its easy to feel “safe” amongst friends.  But, you do not really know your friends, their past, or what they are really like.  Do not trust people simply because you go to campus with them.  Like with any new relationship, those around you must earn your trust.

9. Be Social Media Savvy

It’s common for students to post where they are and where they are going on social media.  However, this information is all a stalker needs to show up everywhere you are or will be.  If you want to post your whereabouts, do it after you have left so you do not tell your location to people who should not have it.


For more information:

Email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

Parents Cautioned Against Posting Pictures of Children’s First Day of School

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Parents and guardians have been warned of taking pictures of their children and posting on social media platforms.

Vision Tactical received reports of concern from the public on Wednesday morning, urging parents and guardians to refrain from posting pictures of children with school emblems and logo’s.

Various warnings are being circulating on social media as well as precautionary advice being given.

Director of Vision Tactical, Yaseen Theba says that before you know it, your personal photos can end up somewhere you least expect it to.

“Screen shots, sharing, reposting, can mean these pictures unintentionally end up in places we never imagined.”

Theba adds that excited parents can unknowingly place their children in danger.

“This can happen by posting pictures of their school uniform and giving information of their schools and where the child can be traced to and since there are so many users on social media, and technology moves so quickly, it’s often hard to contain posts that get out.”

Theba Shared A Few Tips On How To Post Photos Of Your Children Safely.

-Avoid Geotagging

There’s no easier way to tell the world where you are, or were, than geotagging.

“Tagging your kids at their school allows those posts to come up in searches, so we advise people not to tag locations.”

-Erase Location Clues

Make sure any sort of personal way of identifying you or your children, such as your address, your kid’s school’s name, or a uniform that might identify what school they go to, is out of sight in any photo you post.

-Limit Your Audience

The easiest and most important step to keep your photos away from strangers who are potential threats is to simply adjust your privacy settings. Make your profiles restrictive or fully private.


For more information, contact Mohamed on 074 772 333 3 or email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

Back To School Safety Tips For Parents & Kids

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It’s time for parents to start preparing for another school year.

Along with a hectic schedule of back to school shopping, practices, and meetings, and the exciting prospects of another school year, parents (and kids) also find themselves facing the return to school with unsettling fears and anxieties about school safety.

Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba says that school safety is about more than just school violence, and that making sure your child is safe at school is not just the job of educators.

“As a parent, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best is not good enough. It takes collaboration between all school stakeholders – educators, parents, students, and emergency responders – to make our schools safer.”

Theba outlined a few tips you can follow to keep your child safe returning to school.

See Something, Say Something Is Not Just For Adults.

Kids are often told not to tattle on each other. But disclosing information related to safety is critically important – and kids need to know that. Talk with your child about what to do when they see or hear concerning statements or social media posts, or witness behaviours that are odd or unsettling. Emphasize to your child that they are not being asked to make a judgement or decision about whether something is dangerous or threatening, rather they are being asked to disclose incidents, actions, and statements that are suspicious, disturbing, or just “off” in some way. Discuss ways to report threats or incidents to adults – not just sharing concerns via social media or talking with other students. If your child reports information to you, make sure to share it quickly, accurately, and confidentially, not with other parents in the stands at a game or on social media, but directly with school or law enforcement officials.

Another Reason To Think Before You Post.

Research by the Educator’s School Safety Network indicates that in the 2017-18 school year, more than 50 percent of school-based threats of violence were made, distributed, and shared via social media. Talk with your child about the appropriate use of social media (and technology in general) and don’t be afraid to limit and/or monitor their use. In particular, make sure your child understands that making what they might consider “jokes” about shootings, bombs, or other violence is not acceptable – and has dire consequences.

Be Active, Not Passive.

No matter what their age, your child needs to be an active participant in keeping themselves safe, not simply a passive bystander or someone waiting for help. Make sure your child understands and can apply basic safety procedures. Things like “stop, drop, and roll,” public transport safety, or “stranger danger” might be taught in school, but should also be reviewed and reinforced at home. Emphasize that no matter the situation they must act quickly to move away from the danger to safety.

Family Emergency Plans.

Develop and discuss a family emergency plan. Make sure your child knows (and has access to) important emergency contact information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. Your child should know and understand who is authorized to pick them up, who they are allowed to go with, and how they should get in contact with you in the event of an emergency. Make sure the school has the most updated and current information for emergency contacts – and update them every time it changes.

Advocate For School Safety Every Day.

Parents are powerful advocates for important improvements in school safety. Don’t know where to start? Ask your school critical questions about safety such as:

Have all school staff members been trained in all aspects of crisis response (such as medical emergencies, severe weather etc.), not just active shooter?

Is the school’s crisis plan or emergency operations plan reviewed and revised each year? Does it deal with all hazards, or just an active shooter?

Have students been given all hazards crisis response training that is appropriate to their age and developmental level?

Does your school have a parent reunification plan to reunite parents and students after an emergency event?

Better still, there is so much that can be done to increase the safety of children in schools and in public – don’t underestimate your power as a parent to make it happen.


Further information or enquiries:

Mohamed on 074 772 333 3 or email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

 

Tips To Stay Safe In Your Home During Load Shedding

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South Africans need to mitigate the risk and damage caused by load shedding by being prepared.

Eskom implemented load shedding this week, leaving parts of South Africa without electricity at a time.

A few tips to keep in mind during load shedding to ensure your safety:

Get back-up batteries for alarm systems

Double check that alarm systems are in working condition, and have back-up batteries in the event of a power failure.

Load shedding causes power packs and batteries to wear out faster resulting in reduced functionality.

This may also cause alarm systems to produce false alarms and panic signals, so units should be checked frequently.

Have a spare torch or headlamp

Keep a torch in the car in the event of arriving home at night during a power outage.

Because the load shedding timetables are open to the public, criminals may see blackouts as an opportune time to undertake illegal activities. Extra vigilance is especially required when arriving or leaving the home.

Install reserve batteries for fences and gates

Ensure electric fencing and gates still work during load shedding by installing – and maintaining – batteries.

Such batteries typically last between 6 hours and 8 hours when electricity supply goes down.

Load shedding dramatically decreases a battery’s lifespan, so it is incredibly important that these are tested or replaced.

Homeowners should also ensure that their homes are locked up and adequately secured, in order to reduce the risk of a burglary during load shedding.

Save Emergency contact information

People should save emergency contact information on their phones and also keep a paper copy safe and accessible.

The list should include numbers for emergency services such as the fire department, police, and medical services.

Charge electronic devices

Always keep cell phones, laptops, and tablets fully charged in case of an unscheduled blackout.

It’s also a good idea to have an emergency phone charger close by, this comes in handy during extended power outages.

Remember to use devices sparingly during outages so that you don’t drain the battery completely before the power returns.

Have gas for cooking and lighting

A small LP gas bottle and lamp gives good quality lighting for a large area and can also be used for cooking and boiling water.

Unplug all cables

Unplug appliances, or any electronic devices, when the electricity goes out.

These appliances, which include cell phones and computer equipment, can be damaged when the power comes back on due to a spike in electricity flow.

Steyn said residents should consider any electrical connection as live during a power outage as power can return at any time.

Install surge protection

Electric surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage.

Installing a surge protection device can help minimise some damage.

Have a surge protection device fitted to your electrical distribution board or alternatively at the power outlet to the electronic device.

Only use generators outside

While people may purchase generators, it is critical that these are never used inside the home or in an enclosed area.


Contact Vision Tactical for any security related matters: 084 222 222 2

Media Enquiries: Mohamed on 074 772 333 3 / Email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

 

 

Reset… Refocus… Act… Managing Personal Safety After a Holiday & Getting Back To Work

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Holiday time is almost over and majority of South Africans are already going back to work.

Are you 100% focused on what you are about to do? Was it a relaxing Holiday or one filled with stress? Whichever one, it’s not always easy to get it out of our minds.

Work can have its own issues.  How often do we get frustrated when priorities change or when equipment is not operating as we expect it to?

As a result, your mind may not be 100% on the job.  We may feel fatigued if a personal issue is keeping us awake at night.

You may be thinking about how a job should be going instead of thinking in the present about what’s in front of you.

You know the rules. You know the procedures. You have the skills and knowledge to work safely.  You know what the correct tools are for a job.  But, let’s face it; there are times when your head just is not in the game.  And losing focus is not a good thing.

But we all need to know when this is happening and then Reset, Refocus, and Act.

That’s what “4 Seconds to Safety” is all about.  It’s recognizing that you can lose our focus, acknowledging it when it happens, and then doing something about it.

When you catch yourselves with your head not in the game, you need to stop and take 4 Seconds to Safety.

In those 4 seconds clear your head, refocus, check your surroundings, and review the job.

Ask yourselves the following questions…

Am I putting myself or others at risk?

Am I prepared to continue to work safely?

Am I focused on what needs to get done?

Am I ready to act to do it safely?

Only proceed after you know with certainty that the job will get done safely.

Kickstart The New Year In Peace, Knowing That Your Assets Are Secured & Protected

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You can start the New Year off in many ways, but being able to kick start the year knowing that your assets in your home and business are reliably protected will allow you to focus on other important things in life.

The New Year offers one and all a fresh start, a time to reflect on what didn’t work in the previous year, and being able to change that for the better.

And, security is no different.

Director of Vision Tactical, Yaseen Theba says that Vision Tactical understands that customers rely on the company to safeguard their homes as well as businesses and that’s why the company offers existing and potential clients a holistic approach to security.

“Vision Tactical is firmly positioned among the most respected security companies in Gauteng, our expertise include: Manned guarding, Key holding, Alarm response, Personal as well as front-of-house Security, Control room, CCTV, Dog handling and Events.”

Theba adds that the skills have enabled the company to successfully protect the assets of countless private as well as public sector organisations.

“We commit ourselves to exceed our clients’ expectations. Because of this we always track our performance to ensure the delivery of exceptional service.”

To request a quote call: 084 222 222 2 or email info@visiontactical.co.za