Are you ready to take your place?
It’s late at night and you are cruising around your neighbourhood in your car flashing your green light – a proud member of your local neighbourhood watch.
Suddenly you see movement in front of you but typically the street lights are not working. What do you do?
This is a question that more and more people are facing. People who are good neighbours. People who are electing to be part of the solution by joining their neighbourhood watch programmes.
Driving around the streets with the green light flashing can make you feel good about yourself. You are actively electing to be part of the solution. It would be a real pity if you became part of the statistics because you did not know how to respond to a potential threat or did not carry the right equipment.
Visit Imperial Armour website – Imperial Armour Online to make sure that you have the right gear.
Do not be a dead hero – rather be a live prepared Survivor, who is making a difference.
Neighbourhood watch programmes have become part of the South African Landscape and have been proven to significantly reduce crime in an area where they are set up. Statistics have shown a steep reduction in crime in an area running a well-organised and active neighbourhood watch programme.
Good neighbourhood watch programmes work hand in hand with the SAPS and Armed response Security companies. Serving as an early warning system members of neighbourhood watches are the eyes on the ground. Neighbourhood watch members are NOT vigilantes. Rather they are there to monitor, patrol, and report and to assist where required.
Neighbourhood watch programmes promote community spirit and care in a community. After all, it is the people living in the community playing an active role in caring for the community.
It is vital that you yourself don’t become a statistic. You promised your wife, your husband, and your child that you would come home safe.
Do you have?
• A heavy duty torch
• Pepper Spray
• Reflective Jacket and or Protective Vests
• Appropriate identification?
If not, please visit Imperial Armour website. We offer significant discounts to legitimate members of Neighbourhood watches.
Remember: We do not advocate confrontation or vigilantism. That is not the role of Neighbourhood watch members.
Be vigilant – Be prepared – Be safe – Stay Alive.
Imperial Armour – working together with the community to make South Africa safer.
Thousands of people are killed in riots every year all over the world and getting caught up in an angry group of protestors can be scary and dangerous. If you have walked into a riot and you can’t run away, remembering these five tips could protect you from serious harm:
ASSESS THE SITUATION
Take a good look at what is happening and ask yourself – in what ways is this situation escalating, how are people behaving, and where is the nearest escape route? Once you’ve established a way out, take it. Move quickly but calmly away from the crowd.
Dangerous situations cause intense emotions. You may feel scared, angry, or hysterical. These feelings could make you act irrationally. It is important to remain calm at all times. Look down, move in a chosen direction, and focus on staying safe and getting out of the way of danger.
GO WITH THE FLOW
If you can’t get away immediately, ‘blend in’ and walk in the same direction as the crowd until you get to its edge and calmly make your way out. Don’t move against the crowd as you might get blocked, pushed, or even attacked. If you fear you might fall down, stick your elbows out so that you are ’carried’ by the crowd. If you do fall down, curl into a ball, protecting your face, ears and internal organs. This will help you avoid damage.
DO NOT GET INVOLVED
Do not challenge or fight with any of members of the crowd – mob mentality can lead quickly lead to violence. This is not the time for a debate; just remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible.
Also, remember that if police are on the scene, they may not understand that you are not part of the mob and might treat you as a threat. Don’t rush towards them or copy the crowd’s reactions to them. Rather, remain calm and keep walking until you are in the clear.
If you have loved ones with you, it is important that you stay together and help each other. Grip hands or lock elbows to avoid being separated. If you have a small child with you, hold them tightly in your arms so that they do not fall and are not trampled. Reassure each other, make a plan to get to safety, and stick to the plan.
So, if you find yourself stuck in the middle of an angry mob, remember – stay calm, move to safety, do not get involved. Once free, check social media or the news to see where the mob is moving and the safest place to be until the turmoil has passed.