Travelling to South Africa
Despite all of the horror stories of sky-rocketing crime rates, most people travelling to South Africa do so without incident. It is a good rule of thumb to be careful, but don’t be paranoid. Having said this, crime is probably the most serious problem facing the country today. Violent crime is a particular problem not just in the townships but also in Johannesburg, where the dangers are the worst in the country.
Personal security and the protection of property are major national obsessions. It is so prevalent that it is the number one daily discussion topic of many South Africans. Many middle-class homes utilize the services of private security firms as well as alarms, high walls and electronically controlled gates. Guns are openly carried by police and citizens alike.
My Safe Button provides an extra layer of security for residents of South Africa and tourists alike. The button can be pressed as many times a day as you like and will send a message to your friends and family that you are safe and provide your location, anywhere in the world.
If you are unfortunate to be the victim of a mugging, you should not resist and do as you’re told. The chances of this happening can be greatly minimized by using common sense and following a few simple rules.
Women Travelling Alone
South Africa’s also has an extremely high incidence of rape. The majority of the country’s men, regardless of race, hold on to fairly sexist attitudes. It is wise to be friendly but sensitive to potential crossed wires and unintended signals that may be interpreted as sexual overtones.
Women should avoid travelling on their own or walk alone in deserted areas. In the event that you are a woman that must travel alone, My Safe Button can provide peace of mind to your friends and family. Utilizing google map technology, it can also provide your exact location and the shortest route to your location for someone to provide you a safe ride home. After dark, minibus taxis should be avoided as a means of transport especially if you’re not familiar with your surroundings.
The police are poorly paid, shot at, badly equipped and barely respected. This causes them to keep a low profile. If you do ever get stopped, always be courteous and carry your driver’s licence at all times.