Why Hire a Security Risk Assessor?

Continuous research & development, experience, skills, security knowledge & independence.

 

You would hire a Security Risk Assessor for the same reason you would employ a tax consultant to handle your annual income tax, accountant or electrician. You need somebody to assess your security risks and Continuously Research & Develop on it.

Security Risk Assessor – Crime evolves along with the progression of technology and criminals are growing daily along with the internet. Therefore it is vital that those of us who make it out business to prevent crime must remain up-to-date with all the latest developments to remain successful in our endeavors. We should also not forget that South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world as the media regularly reminds us.

Assumptions

People often assume that criminals lack education. However, statistics reveal that 90% of these criminals lack a matric qualification. They are unemployed, yet they still conduct their own research before committing crimes. They often survey the intended target, whether it’s your home or business, for up to 2 weeks, becoming familiar with the area and its surroundings better than the property owners.

Most of the time, attackers’ home bases are within a 10 to 30-minute drive of the intended victim’s property. During this period, they consider all possible entrance and exit routes, as well as the busiest and quietest times on the roads in the area. They identify the weakest points in your security and exploit them to their advantage.

An opportunity will be taken

Any opportunity presented to them will be taken without a second thought. They even go as far as timing the arrival of the Armed Response Units to determine exactly how much time they have available.

Furthermore, many criminals have received some form of combat training (SAPS, security or military) which means they know how to effectively protect themselves.

The criminals are ready to risk everything, including imprisonment or even death. They are the most dangerous because they disregard the consequences for others if they perish and show no fear of the law. 97% of them are armed, typically in groups of four, where individuality fades and aggression may escalate as members influence one another.

Logical thinking

Often these criminal individuals are not thinking logically. Mental imbalance or instability, along with anger and hatred, may impact their judgment. Substance abuse occasionally influences criminals’ behavior, leading them to be less hesitant and more bold in their criminal acts.

 

 

 

There have been instances when the criminal is under the influence of witch doctor’s medicines, known as muti, which might lead him to believe in the delusion that he is for example invincible or invisible. This makes these individuals highly unpredictable and extremely dangerous. It has been further noted that at least 30% of these criminals have already committed murder and will not be afraid to do it again. During an interview with a hardened criminal he stated the following when questioned as to why they kill:

“If you have killed one person already, what difference does another twenty make?”

Research

Due to all the reasons listed, it is vital to do as much research as possible into the latest trends regarding crime.  By doing this we can always stay one step ahead of them.

A large part of research and development is attending security conferences, forums and seminars as regularly as we can. Furthermore we will attend meetings with complex committees, communities, property developers, managers and business owners. Through these meetings we are able to gather more information and. Therefore ensuring that we stay aware of any new trends that are occurring in your specific area.

Living document

A Security Risk Assessment remains a living document. Although we’ve completed your assessment, we’ll continue to update you on trends and new products found during our research. Being in control of your security is crucial, and acquiring knowledge is the only way to do so.

This is why the research and development process is vital in the end success.

The ultimate goal of crime prevention tactics is to reduce your and your family or colleagues chances of becoming a victim of crime.

André an Independent Security Risk Assessor will also not hesitate to contact professionals in various fields within security and crime prevention to gain the necessary information in finding your unique security solution. Remember security is not a once-off or one-size-fits-all solution. Each and every client has very individual and specific needs and daily routine, the environment and lifestyle affect this.
The assessment considers all of these aspects.

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Written by Andre Mundell

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