South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, delivered a speech on the 31st of July 2020 to mark the annual release of the 2020/2019 crime statistics. In this speech the minister did well to focus on the positive and indeed there were some positives such as a reduction in common theft and robbery with aggravating circumstances in the first quarter of 2020; common theft and aggravated robbery cases sit at a combined number of 28 068.

He did equally well to not note the increase in instances of carjacking by 13.3% between 2018 and 2019. It is also of no benefit that these increases (in murder and carjacking) are recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, and The Western Cape. The three provinces most associated with being hubs of business and tourism. In fact, Cape Town was recently labelled as one of the most violent cities in the world. But business goes on and that means people go on business.

Travelling on your own in an area you are unfamiliar with is a dice roll at best. Here are just some of the factors that can contribute or detract from your personal safety when travelling:

  • What you wear
  • Where you walk
  • What you carry
  • What route you take
  • Carrying a wallet

The list goes on but, If you have business that requires an interpersonal interaction, then you know that you cannot let your worry about a trip to a meeting get in the way of success. Unfortunately, that knowledge does not calm your nerves before speaking to clients or travelling to and from meetings, nor would it help if the unthinkable were to occur. 

You need to focus on your game plan, not which route is the safest to take. Thankfully, there are ways to tilt the scales in your favour and Close security is the best of them. That’s where we come in. With Gravity Risk Consultants you won’t need to worry about safety when planning your important trips. With our highly trained Close Security operatives and Chauffeurs we use military-style strategies and our security management skills to make sure that you arrive precisely where you need to be, minus the stress of travelling there.