BFC is body that was formed, when the organisation known as Businesses Against Crime, had to be disbanded.
The newly constituted BFC continued to achieve its core objectives, which are to assist businesses in the fight against crime.
Over the years BFC have been involved in several initiatives to make PMB a safer place to live in, namely the:
BFC continues to be involved in several forums, namely:
PMCB continues to supply the necessary administrative support to BFC at an affordable cost as BFC are solely reliable on donations.
The executive committee of the BFC meet regularly and table many issues facing business and its quite clear that the committee can do so much more, if they had more funding. Business are urged to assist BFC in whatever sponsorship they may offer to ensure that BFC can continue to do what it does best.
Please be aware that criminals are now targeting people withdrawing money from Capitec ATM’s in the city. It however does not mean that other bank ATM’s are safe. Please be very careful when withdrawing money from an ATM especially those where there is no security. If you suspect something is wrong then walk away or if your card is “swallowed” please phone the emergency number displayed on the ATM. Remain at the ATM until the operator informs you that your card has been cancelled.
TIPS AT AN ATM
1) Visit the ATM that you are familiar with.
2) Do not accept any form of assistance from strangers even security guards.
3) Do not expose your pin code to anyone.
4 ) Do not be distracted by the suspects – step away and let them leave.
5) Check the ATM if all the lights are working where you insert your card.
6) Don’t visit the ATM very early or late in the afternoon.
7) Don’t give your pin to friends and family to draw with your cards for you.
8) Report stolen or lost cards immediately to your respective bank.
IN THE CBD
1) Do not have your windows or doors open.
2) Do not display any of your possessions on your seat of your car.
3) Be extra careful at robots and standing in traffic. Do not be distracted.
4) Don’t talk on your phones whilst stationery in traffic.
5) Women drivers and pedestrians are soft targets – don’t be a victim.
6) Don’t wear all your gold chains and rings to work – keep them for functions.
7) Be careful when withdrawing large sums of cash – take someone with you.
8) Don’t fall for scams regarding dropped/found money on the floor.
9) Be careful for bogus cops in the cbd – money scam – don’t jump into their cars.
10) Don’t be caught by the so-called faith healers – they only want your money. You cannot win the lotto – they cannot double your money – they cannot get cars and houses.
GET RICH QUICK SCHEMES
1) Don’t fall into the trap of quick rich scams- before paying any money check with the FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD (021 428 800/021 428 8176) if the so-called Company is registered with them for conducting business.
CRIME TIPS – OCTOBER 2021
SAFETY ANTI HIJACKING TIPS
1. *The 5-Minute Rule*
Make it a habit to focus on your surroundings when you are 5 minutes from your home. Be extra alert. Switch off the car radio and concentrate on your surroundings. If you have noticed any vehicle behind you, do not pull into your driveway or even attempt to open your security gate. Drive to your nearest police station.
2. *Keep It In Reverse*
Remember to stop your vehicle just on the inside of the gate and select reverse whilst waiting for the gate to close. This creates confusion and may buy you a few seconds for the gate to close completely behind you. Try not to pull into your driveway, rather wait in the road with your indicator on while observing your surroundings before turning into your driveway or garage.
3. *Light It Up*
Make sure your driveway is well lit and clear from shrubbery where perpetrators can hide.
4. *Extra Eyes*
When returning home after dark, ensure that an outside light is on, or have someone meet you at the gate.
5. *Watch Out For Traps*
If you are having trouble with your motorised gate when you arrive home, do not get out of your vehicle to open your gate manually as this may be a trap. Alert your security company.
6. *Keep Those Eyes Peeled*
When approaching your driveway, be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles/persons. This is very important as the majority of hijackers approach their victims in home driveways.
7. *Know Where Your Nearest Police Station Is*
Only pull over when it’s safe. Some syndicates use bogus police or traffic officers. In the event of being approached by an unmarked SAPS vehicle, you should switch on your hazards, put your hand out of the window and indicate that they should follow you. Bogus police are driving unmarked white sedan vehicles with blue lights.
8. *Don’t Stop If You Don’t Feel Safe.*
If your vehicle is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual involved in the situation, drive to your nearest police station and instruct the person to follow you there.
9. *Reverse and Drive Away*
If you encounter obstacles in the road such as rocks or tyres, do not get out of your vehicle to remove them.
10. *The Escape Gap*
When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front of your vehicle to make an emergency escape if necessary.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
If you would like to make a donation the banking details for BFC are:
Bank: FNB Boom Street
Branch Code: 221325
Account No: 62077527144
Safe City Msunduzi NPC is an entity of the Msunduzi Municipality and its primary function is to monitor cctv cameras located in some of the streets in Pietermaritzburg and at eight Primary Electrical Substations.
Safe City is governed by a board of six directors under the guidance of Ms. Zinhle Sokhela who is a prominent businesswoman in Pietermaritzburg. Operational and Capital funding is provided by the Msunduzi Municipality and our finances is audited every year by the Auditor General.
Safe City operates 24/7 in close partnership with Municipal Traffic and Security, the South African Police Service, National Prosecution Authority and Business Fighting Crime.
For more information click here.