Each year the SAPS give recognition to police employees who have excelled in the job they do. We celebrate these men and women in blue by telling each one’s story. Refer to our article published from pp 48 in Servamus: March 2018.
Do you have an idea what to do if you are kidnapped? Irrespective of whether it happens during a hijacking or someone has other intentions. We share valuable tips of what you should do in a hostage situation.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Some people are so desperate that they secretly hide on trains, ships and airplanes in search of a better life. Learn more about the reality of stowaways in the Servamus: March 2018.
- 31 March 2018
The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) has issued a reminder to all security service providers (officers and businesses) to renew their old and expired registration certificates by no later than 31 March 2018. Failure to do so before the cut-off date will render these registration certificates invalid for employment or trading for business.
PSiRA rolled out the renewal of certificates project from 1 December 2014 as part of fulfilling its regulatory mandate in the interest of public safety. The purpose of the project is to ensure that only legitimate registered applicants (security officers and businesses) receive the new certificate, which has new security features incorporated into it.
With an estimated 490 000 active private security officers in South Africa working in armed response, cash-in-transit and guarding, South African citizens are spending approximately R45 billion a year on private security, making South Africa's private security industry the fourth largest in the world per capita.
Stuart Clarkson, Managing Executive of Fidelity ADT, which now forms part of the larger Fidelity Security Group, says that with crime statistics remaining at unacceptable levels, the private security industry plays a pivotal role in supporting the South African Police Service. In a 2016 Stats SA Victims of Crime survey it was noted that the most feared type of crime was house robbery - so much so that 50% of households have taken physical measures to protect their homes and 11% of households employ private security services.