Although Lower… What Is The New “Low”?
Crime drops back down to double-digit figures, but is this the new low that we can expect after the rapid rise in the unemployment rate? Read our analysis here:
The Atlas Security Control Room reports a drop in incidents this week, taking them back down to double-digit figures. This does provide a sense of relief from the madness that we have seen over the past few weeks with crime stats shooting through the roof, but what is the new average? What is the new level of crime that can make us take a breath and feel safe? Is this it, or is this just temporary?
After it was confirmed by Stats SA that 17 000 people in Nelson Mandela Bay lost their jobs in the first quarter of 2020, it can only be expected that crime would rise. The Nelson Mandela Bay unemployment rate now sits at a very high 40,4%. With the economy in the state that it is currently in, that percentage is unlikely to decrease anytime soon unless a major intervention takes place.
The unemployment rate has a direct impact on crime as people fight to survive. We have said on countless occasions that desperation makes people do whatever they need to in order to get through the day, this is a survival instinct that kicks in. That instinct, more often than not, forces people into a life of crime as there are no CV’s required, and there isn’t a “No Vacancy” sign on the door into that life. There’s just what seems like an easy passage to a life of quick and easy money.
There has been a drastic increase in criminals stealing copper pipes, specifically targeting air conditioning units as they strip them in your yard and get away with the copper.
External protection is critical to minimising your loss, or possibly preventing any loss at all. This can be achieved through a CCTV system or external beams. Contact our team today for a free risk assessment.