The security industry is one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa, keeping pace with the tourism sector and it is needed. The released crime statistics make for horrendously bad reading and do not need to be repeated here but if the same amount of murders should take place in a country with the population of America, you look at 117,000 plus murders a year in that place. Everyone of them is one too many, end of story, end of excuses. It is not normal, such statistics would lead to a public outcry and resignations from the politicians carrying the burden of responsibility via the offices they swore to uphold in other countries. Sadly, such honourable behaviour will never happen in South Africa and have never happened in the past either. Politicians just don’t care, make peace, he is only there for the money and status, not to work for the better of mankind. And it is not only that mass murders take place in South Africa, 18,000 a year if not more, one every 30 minutes, but the sheer amount of brutality and violence involved in the murders, hijackings, house invasions that make the violent crime unique in the world. Nowhere else in the world do we find the same violence except in war-ravaged countries and then not even. Then there is torture. It is virtually assured that torture from the burning of the victims’ flesh with hot irons to much worse will happen during any home invasion. Whatever you may imagine, rape included will happen and happens regularly, daily. As said, the statistics make for dreadful reading, but it is of no use to ignore a threat and hope for the best.
The legal system has failed and so did the South African Police Service for reasons discussed inside the book. You are on your own. Consequently, your security is in your hands and you must be preventative or fail. Most of the security and safety measures to be taken and advised in Safety Net are to be done long before any violent attack takes place, and nothing works in isolation, you need to many defensive layers and plan for the worst-case scenarios. We studied past criminal acts in this book, we look at how the criminals operate, and we advise how to counter them in the future as well as other threat which you may not even know about. Safety Net exposes which popular security measures are not effective as stated by the armed robbers themselves, and yet sold to the public by overeager salesmen. This is probably the most serious problem we have right now, a completely false sense of security. You are sold a basic alarm system coupled to an armed response team, the same in law as a cell phone contract, and think that you are safe... according to the robbers themselves you are not, they do not fear either an alarm nor armed response that much and they know how to overcome both. They fear CCTV if recording online, a dog inside the house and quite a few other measures that you can invest in but mostly it starts with training to be aware and to make life easier for the responders be it the police or armed response or medical. Something as simple as ensuring that your house is clearly marked by a street number may save your life. From my own police experience, I know how hard and frustrating it is to be unable to find the correct street address because the number is hidden behind a bush or just not there. Seconds count when you are bleeding, remember that, if you cannot be found, you cannot be rescued.
Safety Net deals with layered defensive systems and much more, also the JKLS System of self-defence perfected by the author. The JKLS System is proven to have saved souls across the globe and one that costs no money to implement, it is simple and thus highly effective. This book will change the way you look at your security for the better and not only in South Africa, whatever is said here will work anywhere else as well. Safety Net is based on personal as well as many years of police and criminal justice experience. A book that must be read by home and business owners anxious about the safety of their families and workers from violent criminal attack.
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 hostage survival training and 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. Koos is a widower and lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.