This article applies very much to those of us living in South Africa.
I don’t know many people who haven’t been affected either directly or indirectly by violent crime in South Africa. It is the norm to live in houses resembling forts or prisons. It is a rare sight to see a house without electric fencing surrounding it. Murders, hi-jackings and rapes don’t even make the papers.
A conversation with a friend could go like this:
“Did you hear? Jon Smith from school was killed in a hi-jacking yesterday”.
“Oh really! Shame… Let’s go grab a cappuccino and hit the gym.”
It is natural for a person to become used to their environment if they are in it for a long period of time. The abnormal becomes normal. We become blind to what is going on around us. Unfortunately, due to this, complacency sets in and the vigilance that we should have begins to lapse. It is when vigilance lapses that we become targets. There are many easy to implement home safety precautions to take and habits we can form to minimize the risk of become victims to yet another violent crime.