Do you remember that country song? "You asked me to." I think it was Waylon Jennings who sang it first in 1973. "Long ago and far away. In my ol' common labor shoes" and later on our very own Steve resurrected it in his "Toeka" albums. It was very popular in South Africa and I dare say many other countries. I spoke about country songs with my sister-in-law this morning and this one popped into my head.
The song reminds me of a time when crime was under control and we had no need for security companies (the fastest growing sector in South Africa, even above tourism). I remember a haasman (member of the public, Police slang, Afrikaans) asking me if he needed additional security. I wondered if I should arrest him for sedition which has nothing to do with seduction by the way. There is a rather embarrassing story in legal circles about a Special Branch constable who got the two mixed up in court. Anyway, I gave this fellow my best evil eye for daring to ask a member of the Flying Squad (we fancied ourselves with reason) such crap and said no, we can get to you within four minutes of you crying for help. That by the way was the golden standard. You got to the crime scene in four minutes or the Colonel, bless his soul, would want to know why you are a wanker who doesn't understand the Flying Squad ways. Do it again and you go back to where you came from - the ultimate disgrace. You can read about these adventures in the Mean Streets Series.
But these days we don't have that golden standard anymore and we stopped believing in the police I am sad to admit. They are exceedingly bad with public relations and all we hear are the negatives. Dockets are lost or not properly investigated (sort of true). Corruption is high (I am not sure how high, I have doubts) and generally no serving member of the police can read or write (nonsense, they can). However, it is not my place to defend a police service I have never served with. What this blog is about is the JKLS Security Plan.
It is free which I suppose is good news to you and bad news to me and my creditors. It is something which is proven to work and have saved souls in many countries. I know because I have the emails from grateful users and what it comes down to is to be pro-active and not to rely on others. There are many things you are able to do before crime gets you and you lie on the floor being tortured with a hot iron (happens many times). Your wife and daughters raped (happens many times) and whatever else the bastards will do to you. And whilst you lie there you may remember that despite the great fanfare about an alarm system, research proved that the criminals do not fear alarms. Nor do they fear armed response. So why I ask is it then sold to you as a solution?
The answer is not complicated and comes down to two things. The Insurance Industry who drives by their contracts the Security Industry and layered defense. What do I mean? No insurance company will insure you unless you have an alarm, armed response, burglar bars and a complete list with valuations of your goods. They are looking for reasons not to pay and making sure that the risk they carry is as little as possible - this is good business but very bad for practical security. The security companies know this and offer you exactly what your contract with the Insurance Company says you must have. Hence you are now legally covered to be paid out.
"Hallelujah" says the uninformed public believing they did what they could and are safe now. "It is MBA bullsh-t" say I who have seen it not to be working. I say again, an alarm and armed response are not going to stop the criminal. You have to have it; obviously, this is where layered defense comes in. You have to make it as hard as possible so that they rather attack someone else because it is only a matter of time before crime gets you. I do not know of anyone who does not have a family member or friend who was not a victim already. It will happen to you at some time.
So what is the JKLS Security Plan? It is what you should do right now before you are attacked and read the book I wrote on it "Basic Home Security," there are a lot you can do. It comes down to being pro-active in working out what to do in an emergency. Do you know that before a parachute jump the jumpers keep quiet and go through the emergency drills? Ok, what if this happens? What then? And so they work it out. Ninety five percent of all people don't do this. They rely on pushing the panic alarm (even that is not properly discussed between them). This will not save you every time.
The JKLS Security Plan is where we sit down with you or talk via a forum of people in which case I only expect my fuel and costs to be covered and say to you "let us look at what we can do now and what we do when in an emergency." The plan equips you to be saved. Take for instance if you are found unconscious. How must the paramedics know who you are, what medications you are on? You blood group and medical aid? These things are part of the JKLS Security Plan and what saved the souls in Canada, America and UK. It is not only for crime but any emergency and full of practical advice based on decades of experience. I know what I am talking about when it comes to forensic legal matters - more than anyone else since I started it. It was me who realised that law has a lot of theoretical answers designed to make money for lawyers and have no practical value for clients. It is in fact largely bullsh-t in most cases and not rocket science at all.
Back in 1998 I was a very inexperienced newly admitted attorney. I was trying to protect Mr Mandela's face from illegal copying. His face is trademarked - I often wonder where the royalties for his face on the new banknotes go - and went to see the expensive Intellectual Property Law Firms for assistance. They gave me the standard crap answer which would have cost my client hundreds of thousands of Rand and no solution. It was then when I asked the legal question from which forensic law came "What can the practising attorney or advocate do for the VICTIM of crime or other injustice." Now this may not sound much to you but it turned the outlook completely around. Up to that stage we only looked at defending the perpetrator, not helping the victim. I called this "Forensic Law" and of course, everyone started copying it and they still get it wrong because they believe (there is much money in it) that it is forensic investigations. They are deluded and you can read my book "Tricks of Trade - Memories of a Rogue Lawyer" on the subject if bored enough. Fact is the JKLS Security Plan is against criminals and for victims or future victims. It is there to help you.
I cannot force people to listen to me or to implement the plan but you know what? Whenever I get an email saying my ideas saved someone and thank you I feel good. Perhaps that is what makes it worthwhile. You can find it on my website or contact me, I will help you. By the way, the trademarked face thing on banknotes? Back when one Adolf Hitler needed money he got his face trademarked and placed on every stamp. The royalties went to the Nazi Party and that is how they funded themselves. You don't need to steal; you only have to be smart with law.
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in reducing legal risk in sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several books on business, law, counter-terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters.