Public Violence –

Independent security risk assessment – Yes, I am talking about Public Violence. Those, sometimes random, sometimes planned, events that can be either peaceful, or it can cause absolute havoc.

Protest Action with Burning Tyres by Duncan J Noakes.
Protest Action South Africa

Whether we want to know it or not, strikes and protests affect each and every South African. If your business is the direct target, or if the march passes your business property, the fact remains that we are all affected at the end of the day.

Proudly South African

South Africa is known for its diversity, culture, braai, chakalaka, koeksisters and melktert, but sadly, we are also known for our proclivity to strikes and protests.

As proud South Africans, we are always prepared for a braai. Rain or shine, we braai. When our friends rock up, the fires are lighted, the meat is marinated, the beer is ice cold and the salads are prepped and in the blink of an eye, everyone is having a good time.

If only everyone had the same standard of preparedness when it comes to acts of public violence and crime.

Do you know how to safeguard your property, your personnel, your assets? Do you know who to call for assistance? Does your property line have adequate stopping power in case strike participants attempt to cross your perimeter? And most importantly, do you have measures in place to collect evidence of the event that could be used for evidential purposes later on?

Are you prepared?

We are all familiar with the chaos and destruction that accompanies strikes and protests. The question is, are you prepared for such events?

Seeming peaceful protests can turn in to utter chaos and devastation in a matter of minutes. I ask again, are you prepared?

Sometimes, criminals tend to hide in the ‘mob’ to disguise as part of the strike participants, only to loot, steal, attack and even commit murder. They do this because they know people cannot pinpoint any incident to one person only, and they know that they will get away with it.

Some of your own, possibly disgruntled, employees might see the strike as an opportunity to commit a crime.

Protest Action with Burning Tyres in Road by Duncan J Noakes.

We discovered such a case where a company was dealing with public violence that occurred outside the property and was only passing by. The next moment, all hell broke loose in their own place. The question now is, did someone sneak in or was it someone from the inside? After the event, the question still remains unanswered. The company could not establish if any of the strike participants actually crossed the property line when the video footage was audited. Which leaves the question, who started the chaos inside the business in the first place?

Preparation is the only defense

The only defense we have is to be prepared. While no one can completely shield themselves from public violence, taking necessary precautions can minimize damages.Prosecuting those responsible and capturing evidence are essential aspects of the security framework.

Did you answer yes to all the questions in this article?

If not, I suggest that you urgently have a good look at your Independent Security Risk Assessment which should include information and guidelines pertaining to the preparation and managing any acts of public violence.

Don’t wait for something to happen before you act. It is too late when it has already happened. Contact a independent risk consultant today.

By Andre Mundell Independent risk consultant Alwinco.

Our specialty is doing security risk assessments for homes, buildings, businesses, estates, farms, and residences in various locations throughout Gauteng (Pretoria, Jhb cbd, Noordwyk, Rivonia, and Ashton manner), Universitas, Balito, and Woodstock.

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