This new post is simply about your security, my security.
And seriously, I’m not claiming to be an expert on security matters but I believe you’ll found every tips I’ve painstakingly researched very useful.
However, I can imagine some people saying, oh, this is all a security talk and isn't any of our pressing headaches. After all we're not rich or something of that nature.
But I beg to differ at this point because security matter is not only a personal thing but a national and international providing.
In fact, in today's world security matters now tops the agenda on the mind of discerning persons, governments and corporate establishments.
No matter your social, economic and political status it should be something of utmost concern to you. Agreed politicians and captain of industries don't appear to be any risk security wise compare to low income earners.
But things are fast changing if trends in a country like Nigeria are anything to go by.
Because in the last few years, there’s been cases of high profile abductions where ransom running into millions of Naira were paid. The kidnap of the elder Stateman, chief olu falae, a former secretary to the government of the Nigerian federation, from his farm in Ondo state easily comes to mind.
In many instances too, there’s been reported cases of deaths of abductees both after ransom has been paid and otherwise by their families.
This is just one of the most thriving criminal activities in Nigeria as of today. And you’ll agree with me that something urgent has to be done.
In this regard, this is my little contribution.
In fact no one is more at risk than this class of people because of their net worth, social and political relevance which of course easily make them priority targets of these criminal elements.
In short, no one can be too careful these days except whereby the measures taken would be inadequate.
Social insecurity issues, though, vary from country to country; but high on the list of a social security problems confronting a country like Nigeria currently are kidnapping, armed robbery, pickpocket, rape, militancy et Cetera.
And nothing is more complicated and tricky to handle than social security problems unlike event security or policing which by nature is a restricted one off thing that can be successfully micromanaged.
But before I delve into the enthrals of this post proper, I'll like to briefly talk about the triggers in almost every insecurity situation that an average citizens knew next to nothing about. And I'm not exaggerating.
1) THERE ARE SECURITY RISK SITUATIONS.
Security risk situations are those situations that naturally lend themselves to criminal elements to perpetuate their dastardly acts.
They include but not limited to
a) scenes of violent protests or marches,
b) crowded places,
c) quiet or silent pathways,
d) rush hour at the motor parks, train stations and the likes.
e) conspicuous display of monies, wealth or valuables especially with a see through material like car screen and household window panes,
f) unguarded discussions on financial dealings, cash payments at public places especially public eatries, pubs, and public transportation.
g) fenced arrears with tree grove,
i) during rainfall,
j) war or civil strife
2) THERE ARE ALSO SECURITY RISK PERSON (S)
These are the principal actors in criminal activities.
There presence raise a red flag that something ominous is about to happen. In a wider context, a security risk person could be a high or low profile individual whose presence in a particular place could directly or indirectly lead to break down of law and order which lawless elements in the society can capitalised upon to wreck havoc on innocent citizens.
It could also mean any of the innocent faces that you encounter in your day to day business or social activities.
Besides this, it's almost impossible to know if the man next to you in the early morning bus on your way to work is actually a hardened criminal.
Or as you walk to your bunk down street. The chances of ever knowing this is both 50-50 or zero. Except you're some weird psychic.
But it's good to be on the red alert looking out for the slightest cues around the neighbourhood.
These could be in the form of suspicious movements of strange persons, motorcycles, and cars.
In no particular order, however, I've compiled a list of fairly actionable security tips for everyday people especially, and corporate establishments.
1) Be wary of people who are in need of help especially at night.
2) Do not accept lift from strangers.
3) Render expensive items less conspicuous as much as possible.
4) Lock up your business outposts in the event of violent protests.
5) Report suspicious movement around your home(s) or office(s) to the relevant security agencies as soon as noticed.
6) Hire security aides where affordable.
7) Resist the urge to talk about new or ongoing business dealings just anywhere or simply do not disclose plan payment of any kind whether by yourself or your partners.
8) Do not travel with raw cash when going on business trips.
9) Cut tree grove around fenced arrears at homes and offices.
10) Be watchful when it is raining particularly at night.
11)Take some training in self defence.
This applies more to ladies in order to be able to ward off rapist who are on the increase.
It has been proved times without number that raining periods at night particularly to be a security risk situation. This is because people are mostly relaxed and sleep rather deeply thereby gifting criminal elements a perfect time to strike.
Let me give you a personal example.
Many years ago, shortly after high school, I was working at one of the gas stations belonging to a popular indigenised oil and gas company.
One night, it rained so heavily that we all immediately went to sleep earlier than usual. If you ever work in the gas station before, you would be familiar with this scenario. While some some slept in abandon cars; others slept where they taught was comfortable enough.
And guess what, it was really a sleep close death.
And we became vulnerable; victims.
When its was daybreak, we found to our surprise that a lot of goods - empty gas cylinders of different sizes, camping gas, engine oils, break fluid had been carted away.
And we immediately knew it was because of the rain. Or else tell me how metal goods can be moved without a sound that would have alerted somebody.
Needless to say we were promptly invited by the police but subsequently discharged for want of evidence against us.
12) Avoid rushing to join a public transport where possible.
13) Avoid walking down lonely, dark alleys at nights.
14) Double check the authenticity of SMS or email alerts requesting that security details of your banking activity be provided.
15} installation of security cameras.
I hope you find these security tips useful!