Increase in Crime – 10 Tips to Keep Safe

The lockdown due to COVID-19 has negatively impacted most sectors of the economy leading to an increase in unemployment, yet the cost of living keeps going up. As a result, there has been a significant increase in the crime rate. Our claims team has recorded an increase in theft, hijacking, home invasions as well as smash and grab claims. We are therefore urging all our clients to be vigilant and implement necessary procedures to ensure their safety.

#TeamApio put these 10 tips and reminders together for you to help you and your family to remain safe:

  1. If you have a linked alarm, you need to regularly check that it is working; 
  2. Arrange with your security company to run an alarm check at least once a month;
  3. Update your alarm code from time to time, and if you leave the house empty, make sure that your alarm is activated;
  4. If you are at home, make sure that the house is still secured so that you are not surprised by unwanted visitors;
  5. If you leave the house, check that all doors and windows are securely locked and fastened;
  6. Do not leave valuables like cellphones and laptops visible in an unattended vehicle, rather lock them away in the boot or cubbyhole. Better yet, take them with you;
  7. When driving, don’t leave your valuables on the passenger seat as this could be an invitation to a smash and grab incident; 
  8. When on the road, be aware of your surroundings and ensure that you are not being followed. If you feel unsafe, or believe that you are being followed, make your way to the nearest police station, or petrol station; 
  9. Those who are in business and handle cash, ensure that you keep minimal amounts in the safe. Where possible, bank more regularly or make use of professional carriers;
  10. If you have staff at home or at the office, encourage them to be vigilant when entering the premises to ensure that they are not being followed.